Sanctuario Chimayo

Sanctuario Chimayo

c. 1920

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881-1971)

Tempera on brown paper

Support: Brown paper

Image: 12.8 x 17.6 cm (5 1/16 x 6 15/16 in.); with borders: 15.7 x 19.8 cm (6 3/16 x 7 13/16 in.); Sheet: 24.5 x 28.1 cm (9 5/8 x 11 1/16 in.)

Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.474



Sanctuario Chimayo, built in 1816, is an example of Roman Catholic Spanish colonial churches. It has thick adobe walls, two bell towers, and a six-foot crucifix. This pilgrimage site is where many invalids hope to be cured by the dirt in a round pit inside the sanctuary that is believed to have healing powers. “The Sanctuario was a place to inspire reverence even in the non-believer,” Baumann commented. “Worshipers with secret wishes come from far places to light a candle before the altar asking that their prayers be granted as the wax drips onto the adobe floor.” Baumann made a color woodcut of the scene in 1924.

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