Ultra Baroque Columns: Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas

Ultra Baroque Columns: Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas

Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas

A street scene outside the main facade of The Cathedral of Zacatecas, dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, the main temple of the Diocese of Zacatecas. Located in the historic center of the city, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Elegant and decorated as a show of lace carved in stone. It consists of three bodies. The first three columns of Corinthian capital, with the stem highly ornamented with angels and plant motifs, mainly vines between each column are located in niches with pedestals that houses the stone carvings of the apostles St. JamesSt. PeterSt. Paul and St. Andrew. The entrance arch is mixtilinear, is also decorated with reliefs of diamonds, angels and floral motifs.  Wikipedia

Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas (Our Lady of the Zacatecas)

Catedral basílica de Zacatecas (Nuestra Señora de los Zacatecas)

The origin of the Cathedral was a parish that began construction in 1568 and was completed 17 years later. In its place, a new church was built in September 1625 and then a third, in August 1752, which is the one that remains until today. Churrigueresque or ultra-baroque style, it has three facades and two towers, one of which supports a bell forged with the jewels and coins of Zacatecan devotees. The main façade is dedicated to the Eucharist, the north façade to the Holy Christ and the south façade to Our Lady of the Zacatecas, patron saint of the city. The main façade consists of three sections and a top with various representations. Inside the Cathedral, the Doric style predominates with large columns and neoclassical stone altars. The floor plan is a Latin cross and the two side naves have a vault that is lower in height than the central one. In the interior arches there are various Marian symbols – gate of heaven, morning star, etc. -, elements of the Passion – the coins of Judas, the spear of longinus, the edict of Pilate, etc., as well as images of saints, martyrs, doctors and evangelists, all of which represent the history of Christianity. SIC MÉXICOThe Cultural Information System (SIC)

Ultra Baroque Columns: Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas

Image Dimensions31.2 x 23.5 cm

Print Notes

Recto: signed in print at lower right: H. Ravell; some silvering along left margin; some in-painting along lower margin.


December, 2023 from John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. Monrovia, CA: The Collection of Frederick W. Davis: Lot 1282.