Traditions of the Santero: Bulto Restoration Techniques

Join us for 2nd Saturday at Casa San Ysidro


Mar 13, 2021
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Casa San Ysidro Online
Via Zoom
Corrales, NM 00000


Bultos are a living tradition within the religious iconography of Spanish folk art. Sculptures of saints and other religious figures were an integral part of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. The tradition of wooden santo carving has been preserved as a folk art in parts of Mexico and Northern New Mexico.

Conservators Allison Herrera and Keith Bakker discuss bultos and bulto restoration techniques while referencing objects from the Museum's collection and other important examples in New Mexico.

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Traditions of the Santero: Bulto Restoration Techniques

Felix A. Lopez (born 1942 Gilman, Colorado; lives La Mesilla, New Mexico), San Ysidro, 1987, carved and painted wood with leather, gourd, and wheat, Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1993 General Obligation Bonds, PC1996.50.1


Aaron Gardner