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San Rafael

late 19th-early 20th century Genaro Rivera Aviles Born: Orocovis, Puerto Rico 1861 Died: Morovis, Puerto Rico 1941 carved and painted wood and metal 11 7/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. (30.2 x 14.7 x 8.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.51 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B


Luce Center Label

Saint Raphael, the guide of travelers and pilgrims, is represented here with his symbols, a fish and a staff. According to the book of Tobit, Raphael accompanied Tobit’s son Tobias on a long journey. When the young Tobias caught a fish in the Tigris River, Raphael warned him not to eat the heart and liver. Later, Tobias used these parts as protection against the devil.

Keywords

Animal - fish

Religion - angel - St. Raphael

sculpture

metal

wood

About Genaro Rivera Aviles

Born: Orocovis, Puerto Rico 1861 Died: Morovis, Puerto Rico 1941