Retablos

A retablo is a devotional painting of saints, religious personages, or votive offerings created on small sheets of tin-coated iron.  “Largely created by self-taught artists, these paintings were used primarily by the Mexican people as objects of veneration in their homes or placed at pilgrimage sites as votive offerings.  Hundreds of thousands of retablos on tin were painted in Mexico during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” (Lovell, 2001).  Fortunately, the University Art Gallery is home to hundreds of these objects.  Take a look at our collection below: