Santo Domingo--page 2 (of four pages)

page 1: front facade and details
page 2: Rosary Chapel exterior and cloister
page 3: interior
page 4: Rosary Chapel

The Baroque portal into the 18th century Rosary Chapel

See page 4 for the interior of the Rosary Chapel.
The relief depicts the institution of the rosary with the Virgin and Child on a cloud throne. Mary gestures toward the scantily clad penitential St. Dominic. The cherub above him holds the rose-encrusted rosary.
Within the broken pediment are the monogram of the Virgin Mary, the Dominican cross, and the Dominican dogs carrying torches.

The convent

The convent is to the left of the main church. Only the cloister is illustrated below.

The cloister

The architecture of the convent is similar to many European models. It has a large interior patio with Gothic style two-story arcaded loggias.
The convent proper is now the Oaxaca State Museum. Many of the outstanding finds at local archaeological sites (like Monte Albán) are housed here.

Four arcaded corridors surround a central fountain

The fountain in a quatrefoil shape has six non-functional columns flanking it.

Continue to page 3.

Works consulted or quoted:
Richard D. Perry. Exploring Colonial Oaxaca. The Art and Architecture. Santa Barbara, CA: Espada Press, 2006.

Go to the Mexico Index.

Click here to return to index of art historical sites.

Click here to return to index of artists and architects.

Click here to return to chronological index.

Click here to see the home page of Bluffton University.

© 2009 Mary Ann Sullivan. I have photographed (on site), scanned, and manipulated all the images on these pages. Please feel free to use them for personal or educational purposes. They are not available for commercial purposes.