Sacred Heart of Jesus 19th Century Painted on Tin
Ht. 10" x W. 7"
Retablos, small devotional paintings, usually oil on tin, were brought to the new world by the Spanish, who taught indigenous artists. The quality of the painting is sometimes exquisite with expressive faces, sometimes more naïve and charming. Retablos are excellent examples of folk art. They were widely used over altars in churches or purchased by parishioners to hang in their homes.
It was the heart of Jesus that is deemed to be the source of his long-suffering love and compassion towards humanity.