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Saint Patrick Missionary of Ireland

ca. 1960s Frank Brito Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1922 Died: Santa Fe, New Mexico 2005 carved and painted cottonwood 13 x 5 x 4 3/4 in. (33.0 x 12.7 x 12.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.52 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B



Luce Center Label

Saint Patrick was a Roman citizen who was kidnapped by a band of Irish raiders and sold into slavery. After he escaped with the help of an angel, he felt called to return to Ireland and spread the Gospel. The snakes symbolize the pagan beliefs that St. Patrick drove out of Ireland and into the sea. His solemn expression and confident stance evoke the saint’s determination to spread God’s word even after enduring pain and imprisonment.

Keywords

Animal - reptile - snake

Occupation - religion - missionary

Religion - saint - St. Patrick

sculpture

folk art

paint

wood - cottonwood

About Frank Brito

Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1922 Died: Santa Fe, New Mexico 2005

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