What is a Santo?
A Brief History in New Mexico
Today's santeros are passionate about bringing this New Mexican art form to the world. Santeros today carve both angels and Saints. Many santos today have contemporary meanings associated with them. For animal lovers, St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of animals, stands by to protect our four-legged family members, San Pasqual, Patron Saint of Cooks and Kitchens, is a trusted friend to the culinary enthusiast. Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Real Estate Sales, will help you sell your home if the santo is buried head first in your front yard. Michael the Arkangel, symbol of protection, ensures that our homes and families are safe from harm. And of course St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things, is always a handy helper for a hectic life!
For further exploration, by sure to visit El Nicho during your visit to Santa Fe to admire the Santos available for sale. And don't miss the Annual Spanish Market on the Historic Plaza in Downtown Santa Fe each July. This event, sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Society of Santa Fe, draws crowds from throughout the world to celebrate the best in Spanish Colonial Art.
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