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Cradling little Jesus in her arms, the Virgin of Mount Carmel smiles with maternal love. Alejandro Chavez portrays the Madonna named for Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, where a chapel was built in her honor before her Assumption into heaven. In 1251 she appeared in England, offering favors and protection to those who wear her scapular. Also known as Immaculate Virgin and Star of the Sea, she inspired the Carmelite order. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled by hand.
About the Artist: Peruvian artisan Alejandro Chavez specializes in the creations of retablos, a kind of reverent diorama-altar unique to the Ayacucho region of Peru. He learned this technique as a boy in school, when he was 17 years old and living in Ayacucho, where his parents moved when he was just 2 years old. When Chavez returned to his hometown, he began working in the studio of Angel Castro, a master artisan. Here he refined his techniques in the creation of retablos, eagerly learning the art from his teacher. Later, Chavez formed his own workshop after the death of his teacher and began to give shape to his art. The customs and traditions of the Andean people emerge in every piece.
The Alejandro Chavez Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Alejandro Chavez in Peru. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
Carrying their lambs, shepherds in traditional
Andean dress find their way to Bethlehem in a beautiful Nativity scene by Alejandro Chavez. He crafts the box to house this retablo (diorama) from wood and paints it in bright colors. Each figure is carefully modeled ...
This colorful box opens to reveal
a nativity scene. Alejandro Chavez creates this beautiful retablo, or diorama. Dressed in traditional Andean clothes, Mary and Joseph welcome the newborn Christ child, while shepherds and kings also adore the baby. Chavez crafts the frame from ...
Alejandro Chavez depicts Saint Martin de
Porres, a Dominican brother born in Lima in 1579. Trained in the medical arts, Martin worked in the convent infirmary but also showed great compassion to the sick outside the convent. Chavez crafts the wooden box to ...