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San Jose

late 19th-early 20th century Arce group carved and painted wood with metal 6 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (15.9 x 7.0 x 6.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B

Luce Center Label

Joseph was a popular subject for artists in Spain and in the colonies. He is often shown as an old man with a budding staff in his hand, symbolizing God’s selection of him to be Mary’s husband. His other symbols are carpenter’s tools and the lily, a symbol of purity.


Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - saint - St. Joseph