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Claudio Jimenez Quispe with his Casa de los Gatos retablo in Santa Fe July 2005 - Source:
Indigo Arts Gallery
What is a Retablo?
Indigo Arts Gallery
The term retablo traditionally applies to a broad variety of religious images which are painted and sculpted over much of Latin America. The word is derived from the Latin
, which means behind the (altar) table, where devotional images were typically placed. In Mexico, New Mexico and Guatemala retablo (or strictly speaking,
) has taken the form of images of Christ, the virgin, or the saints, painted on tin or wood. Carved and painted wood sculptures of saints and religious figures set in shallow boxes are generally referred to as
in this area.
is, in a sense, a blend of the two forms. Figures of individual saints may be carved or sculpted of a mix of plaster and cooked potato and set in a shadow box, like a
. But frequently, as in the pieces shown here, they take the form of a three dimensional painting of a scene, consisting of many figures in very complex environments. The boxes form miniature houses or shrines, often with opening doors and a gable above the opening. Typically both the doors and the sides of the box are covered with an ornate, polychrome floral decoration. The Peruvian retablos traditionally serve as household shrines, which combine folk and Christian tradiions. The art form has evolved to include the depiction of secular scenes of daily life in Peru, such as markets, shops, harvests, weddings and other ceremonies. In some cases the subject matter may even be political, depicting the turmoil of the last few years.
Welcome and Overview
Shasta College Library
offers a variety of materials to assist you with your research and course preparation, including books, e-books, print periodicals, online periodical and encyclopedia databases, DVDs, videos, and more. The resources below are just a sample of what is available to you through your library, both in hard copy and online, 24/7.
Sampler of Favorite Online Library Resources
If you would like to view a list of all the databases available at the Shasta College Library, go to
Articles and Databases
For an introduction to ARTStor's unique image collection of
retrieves nearly 300 images.
retablo* AND mexic*
retrieves over 200 images.
retrieves a brief article giving the major facts about this Peruvian revolutionary organization.
EBSCO family of Databases
Provides access to current events, research, and Government resources
Databases may be searched individually or simultaneously
Many publications are available in full text
Most EBSCO databases are searchable with Library of Congress Subject headings, thus allowing for greater precision in searching
Simultaneous search of EBSCO
Academic Search Premier
retrieves 30 full text articles
retablo* AND (peru* OR andes OR andean)
retrieves 2 full text articles including a profile of Claudio Jimenez Quispe
search statement: (
"sendero luminoso" or "shining path") AND peru
retrieves 229 full text articles
guerrilla* and peru
retrieves 197 articles
peru -- politics and government -- 1968 - 1980
retrieves 4 articles
peru -- politics and governemtn 1980-
retrieves 280 articles
Includes 600+ full text newspapers including local papers such as the
Red Bluff Daily News
search term: "
claudio jimenez quispe
" retrieves 12 articles on the artist
Select Internet Sites. For additional sites, visit the
Librarians' Internet Index
Against the Grain : An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru
Film information and trailer about the struggles of four Peruvian artists to express themselves with freedom, including Claudio Jimenez Quispe who was forced to escape from his home in Ayacucho
. This DVD is on order and will soon be part of the Shasta College Library circulating collection.
Council on Foreign Relations
publication on the Shining Path and Peruvian leftists
Indigo Arts Gallery
Introduction of Peruvian retablos and Claudio Jimenez Quispe's work
Retablo Collection of the Mexican Migration Project (MMP)
The art of retablos, a gallery of examples, and leading artists who migrated to the United States and expressed their struggle in the painting of retablos
New Mexico State University Art Dept. Retablo Collection
The largest public collection of retablos
is the author/title/subject guide to the library's 80,000 + books, videos, and DVDs. It's also the portal to the library's 18,000 (and growing!) collection of full text, online ebooks. There are some excellent resources in the general collection that can be checked out for two weeks at a time. Selected titles include:
Popular Art and Social Change in the Retablos of Nicario Jimenez Quispe.
[NK 918 .J56 P66 2004]
This book is currently on order and will be available for loan from the library soon.
The People of the Saints
[NK 835 .N5 M5]
Shalkop, Robert L.
Wooden Saints : The Santos of New Mexico
[NK 835 .N5 S5]
Mexican Popular Arts
[NK 844 .T6 1973]
Books in the Shasta College Library Reference collection (for use in the library only)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas.
[E 184 .S75 O97 2005 vol. 3]
The art of santeros, retablos, and modern Chicano painting is discussed on pages 318-319.
Reference Library of Hispanic America.
[E 184 .S75 R44 2002 vol. 3]
Discusses the art of altarpieces, santeros and retablos on pages 435-436.
18,000 books selected with an academic audience in mind
All publications are available in full text
Searchable both through the Shasta College Library catalog and through the NetLibrary eBooks site
Searchable by keyword or Library of Congress Subject Heading
Individual titles are both browsable and searchable
Books in the Shasta College library NetLibrary E-book collection, 24/7 to Shasta College students and faculty (partial list):
Abercrombie, T.A. (1998).
Pathways of Memory and Power: Ethnography and History Among an Andean People.
Madison: University of Wisconsin. [netLibrary ebook collection]
Brown, M. F. and Fernâandez, E. (1993).
War of Shadows: The Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon.
Berkeley, CA: University of California. [netLibrary ebook collection]
Gorriti E. G. (1999).
The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. [netLibrary ebook collection]
Roberts, K. M. (1998).
Deepening Democracy?: The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru.
Stanford: Stanford University Press. [netLibrary ebook collection]
Wertkin, G.C. (2004).
Encyclopedia of American Folk Art.
New York: Routledge. [netLibrary ebook collection]
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