|Ixmiquilpan, the church front|
Like Actopan too, the church and its adjacent convento are noted for their exceptional mural cycles, in particular the famous and much discussed “battle” frescoes along the nave. The Passion sequence in the sacristy, too, is of exceptional quality and interest.
|Ixmiquilpan, the cloister|
Framed by a painted archway, only the upper part of the composition remains readable. The lower section, which included scenes of the Saved and presumably Hell and Damnation, is highly fragmentary.
Above, Christ sits in Glory on a rainbow arc, his feet planted on a globe. He is flanked by the companies of the Elect and the Religious, which include the customary figures of the crowned Virgin and John the Baptist.
Angels sound trumpets and reach down to the Saved and the Condemned who would have appeared below.
One vestige portrays a small group of the Saved being escorted Heavenward by an angel. The figures are carefully if naively outlined throughout in a warm grisaille, the only color apart from a golden brown reserved for the heads.
text © 2017 Richard D. Perry