San Miguel
ca. 1800
15" x 8.125" x 1.375"
Retablos, gesso relief, mineral paint, hand-adzed pine
Saint Michael is the angel of judgement and Divine wrath who clears the way for the second coming of Christ at the end of the world. As the warrior among the angels, Michael fights to save souls from Satan at the moment of death. He is usually depicted with a sword in one hand and a vanquished dragon representing Satan at his feet. He also holds a scale to weigh the good and evil in human souls at the coming of the judgement of God.