Saint Dymphna Pocket Retablo

ID: 10825


This sweet mini retablo (folk art devotional painting on wood typical of New Mexico) of St Dymphna is 1.5" wide and 2.75" tall.  Patron of mental illness, anxiety, and stress, St. Dymphna is often petitioned for help.  



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Born in 7th century Ireland, Dymphna was the beautiful daughter of a grief-stricken pagan Irish warlord. When his wife, her mother, died, he searched the world for a maiden as fair. He realized that his daughter was as beautiful and made advances on her. She fled her home with her priest, Father Gerebernus, and settled in Geel in present day Belgium. Upon being found by her father, both Father Gerebernus and Dymphna were killed by his madness. Both of the victims were made saints, and the site of Dymphna's death is known for many miracles, including healing the mentally ill and those with neurological disorders.

Feast Day:  May 15

Patron of stress, anxiety, mental health, mental disorders, neurological disorders, nervousness, victims of incest, runaways, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers

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Lynn Garlick started carving, painting, and producing her retablos in 1993. The collection has grown to more than 125 individual images representing, blessings and protection with patronages and prayers to address most aspects of our daily lives.

The workshop is located in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico, a landscape richly steeped in religious iconography and history. The retablo, or "board behind the altar", was originally created in New Mexico in the 1800's in response to the lack of bibles and icons being sent from the church in Rome. The Santero (saint maker) painted retablos from pigment collected and ground from the local surroundings. The boards were hand-hewn usually of ponderosa pine with tin. The practice has carried down through the generations and is still done this way today.

Lynn paints her original retablos on traditional pine boards, carving and then painting them with watercolor, or occasionally oil, and finishes them with a polyurethane. Copies of her originals have been made in various sizes.  Lynn then mounts the copies on 1/8 inch baltic birch then finishes them with a polyurethane coating.