Retablo - Welcome to Mexican
Retablos, a unique website dedicated to retablo art, ex-votos,
Mexican folk, Spanish colonial and more.
you to take a moment, browse our catalogue and discovery
the beauty inherent in these unique art forms.
Retablos, referred to as "laminas" in Mexico,
are small oil paintings on tin, zinc, wood or copper which
venerate a multiplicity of Catholic saints. The literal
translation for "retablo" is "behind the
altar." This genre of folk art, deeply rooted in Spanish
history, represents the heart and soul of traditional religious
beliefs in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Mexican culture.
Colorful, spiritual, symbolic, allegorical, historical and
charming are just a few of the words that best describe
this very special art form. More
about the history of retablo art...