Retablo of the Church of Santo Domingo (1997-2000)
 
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Upper section of the 16th-century retablo in the Church of Santo Domingo, located in Yanhuitlán, Mexico. Photo: Guillermo Aldana.

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An exterior view of the Church of Santo Domingo in Yanhuitlán. The current façade, built in the 17th century, covers the original 16th-century façade. Photo: Guillermo Aldana.

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Raul Montes Palma, a member of the Yanhuitlán community, opens the north door of the church. Photo: Lori Anglin.

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A view of the retablo in 1995, with temporary scaffolding in place. The scaffolding provided access to all parts of the altarpiece. Photo: Lori Anglin.

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One of the sixteen large gilded and painted sculptures that adorn the retablo. Photo: Brian Considine.

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A detail of a damaged panel painting—one of the eleven large panel paintings that constitute both decorative and structural elements of the retablo. Photo: Dusan Stulik.

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Detailed view of gilded surfaces and large and small panel paintings. The altarpiece is significant not only for its artistic and aesthetic qualities but also as a record of colonial retablo construction materials and techniques. Photo: Dusan Stulik.

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Damaged gilded surfaces. Several of the original finials here have been replaced. Photo: Lori Anglin.

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Staff from the GCI and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) meet with Yanhuitlán community members in the Church of Santo Domingo to discuss the project. Photo: Christopher Gray.

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A close-up view of the original fastening method for the support beams of the retablo. The retablo has an unusual design to accommodate the shape of the apse, and is not anchored to the apse wall. Photo: Lori Anglin.

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Lori Anglin (GCI) taking moisture readings at rear of retablo in 1995. Photo: Dusan Stulik.

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A page from the retablo's condition report, produced using AutoCAD software. Documentation of the retablo combined written, graphic, and photographic formats. Photo: Rand Eppich.