Retablos & Reredos

santo ninoRetablos are small religious paintings commonly found in homes and private chapels. Retablos are often painted on wood or tin, but are also sometimes painted on canvas, copper, paper, or leather. Subjects of retablo paintings are saints, the virgin Mary and Christ.

Clare’s retablos are original paintings, generally watercolor on pine and range in size from 8×10 to 13×23.

See the Reproductions pages for copies of retablos.

Reredos is a screen or decoration behind the altar in a church, usually depicting religious iconography or images, and also called an altarpiece. It can be made of stone, wood, metal, ivory, or a combination of materials. The images may be painted, carved, gilded, composed of mosaics, and/or embedded with niches for statues.