Mexican folk art ex-voto retablo oil painting on tin. An ex-voto, a latin phrase meaning "from the vow made", is a devotional painting made as a way to thank God, Mary, or a saint for helping disentangle someone from a sticky or dangerous situation. The painting often depicts the scenario that led to the devotee having to ask for help in the first place. In this case the painting is an offering that says "Marianita Ruiz became a widow at age 60 from an abusive husband and now with the generous pension she got, she hires chippendale strippers that entertain her. She gives thanks in this retablo to San Pancracio for her fortune."