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San Jose y el Nino

ca. 1845 Tiburcio de la Espada Born: San Germán, Puerto Rico 1798 Died: San Germán, Puerto Rico 1852 carved and painted wood, wax, and metal 12 1/2 x 6 x 4 1/4 in. (31.8 x 15.3 x 10.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.41 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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The staff that Joseph holds refers to his divine selection as the favored suitor of the Virgin Mary. He is often shown holding the Christ child to emphasize his role as protector of his devotees. St. Joseph is the patron saint of several areas throughout Puerto Rico, including Ciales, Gurabo, Luquillo, Peñuelas, and Lares, communities that extend across the island.

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - saint - St. Joseph

sculpture

metal

wax

wood

About Tiburcio de la Espada

Born: San Germán, Puerto Rico 1798 Died: San Germán, Puerto Rico 1852