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Retablo, 'Virgin of Guadalupe' - Religious Retablo Sculpture Handamade in Peru

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Religious Retablo Sculpture Handamade in Peru, "Virgin of Guadalupe"

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Surrounded by flowers, the Virgin of Guadalupe is queen of the heavens. She... more

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Surrounded by flowers, the Virgin of Guadalupe is queen of the heavens. She first appeared in Mexico in 1531 and, as proof of her visit, caused roses to bloom at the site. Named Patron Saint of the Americas by Pope John Paul II, she is a beloved manifestation of the Catholic faith. Alejandro Chávez recreates the portrait that appeared miraculously on the tilma (cactus fiber cloak) of Saint Juan Diego in 1531. He creates the image in a traditional diorama known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 0.55 kgs
  • 1.2 lbs
  • Open: 24 cm H x 29 cm W x 8.5 cm D
  • Open: 9.5" H x 11.5" W x 3.3" D
  • Closed: 24 cm H x 14 cm W x 9 cm D
  • Closed: 9.5" H x 5.5" W x 3.5" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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Elizabeth

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10/27/2021

"Very lively"

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One of my Mexican students admired this Retablo. He enjoyed it on the day of the Feast for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Virgin of Guadalupe, Religious Retablo Sculpture Handamade in Peru

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MARIELA

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01/13/2022

"Beautifil Nativity!"

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Beyond expectations. Beautifully crafted. Received on time for Christmas. Very well packed. Highly recommended

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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

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Gloria

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12/29/2021

"Opening the doors to a world of Mystery"

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This wonderful work of art by el Señor Chavez made me and my partner smile with delight. It brought to us a child like joy of discovery each time we search the masks for a new face. We are very happy with our retablo and thank the artist so much!

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Mask Collection, Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture

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Edward

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12/28/2021

"Extraordinary!"

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They are the work of a master sculptor and artist. Tiny yet very expressive!

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Beverly

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12/19/2021

"Great Christmas gift!"

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I just love this and was so excited to gift it to special friends who already have a lifetime of accumulated decorations nothing like this!

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Friend
  • Occasion: Christmas

Paul

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12/12/2021

"Shining Light"

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All of Alejandros retablos glow from an inner light, the spirit of the artist who creates them. Buying this one as a gift for a friend.

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Profound Impact

Profound Impact

Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

Covering Basic Needs

Covering Basic Needs

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

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