Learn the art of retablo!
Retablos, better known as ‘laminas’ in Mexico, are small oil paintings on tin, wood or copper which were used in home altars to venerate the almost infinite number of Catholic saints. The literal translation for ‘retablo’ is ‘behind the altar.’
The retablo was an art form that flourished in post conquest Mexico and then ultimately, with the introduction of inexpensive mediums such as tin, reached its pinnacle of popularity in the last quarter of the 19th century. With some exceptions, mostly untrained artists from the provinces worked to produce and reproduce these sacred images; some subjects painted more prolifically than others. A typical “retablero” may have reproduced the same image hundreds, if not thousands of times.
These oil paintings were sold to devout believers who displayed them in home altars to honor their patron saints.
The class will happen each Saturday from January 21 through February 25 from 1-4 p.m. in Berg 401. Cost is $120 which includes materials needed for the class.
Artist Carol Blatinick-Barros was born in Trinidad and studied art at Trinidad State and the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU) in Pueblo. In addition to retablo she works in pencil, batik and egg tempera and other mediums.
Call Donna at 719 846-5724 to register.