The Iconography of Suffering
This book is a history of popular devotion to a single, carved image of Christ crucified, called the Cristo Aparecido by devotees, spanning five centuries of Mexican history. From the colonial period observers of Mexican Catholicism have speculated that indigenous suffering under colonialism was the lens through which Mexicans viewed and interpreted the crucifix. This interpretation is reflected in the works of twentieth-century Mexican artists. Throughout the biography of the Cristo, however, the themes of beauty, affection, and protection are more prevalent emotions than pain, grief, or affliction. From the beginning of devotion in the sixteenth century, the faith of the image’s local devotees is at once authentically indigenous and fully Christian.
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