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Floral doors hide a scene of eternal attraction -- the birth of the Baby Jesus. The Three Wise Men accompany Mary and Joseph, every figure attired in the typical clothing of the Peruvian Andes. Alejandro Chavez crafts this retablo altar entirely by hand, constructing a wood frame to house delicately painted figures.
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.
Jesus‘ birth is celebrated in Ayacucho
with a feast of color in this mirror frame fashioned after a traditional retablo. Once an exclusively religious art form, it has adapted to express Peruvian custom. Alejandro Chavez handcrafts this piece from wood and fills it ...
The birth of Jesus, the Garden
of Eden and a Peruvian celebration make this traditional retablo a most engaging mirror frame. Originally intended as an altar piece, retablos traditionally feature biblical passages amidst distinct Andean customs, as eloquently detailed by Alejandro Chavez. Chavez ...
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 ...