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1974 George Lopez Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1900 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1993 carved cottonwood and cedar 14 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (36.5 x 18.4 x 14.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.71 Not currently on view

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George Lopez was influenced by Los Hermanos Penitentes (the Penitent Brothers), a group of Franciscans whose processions he watched go by his house every year during Holy Week. San Antonio de Padua is the patron of the church near Lopez’s home in Cordova, New Mexico, and San Francisco represents the founder of the Franciscan order. Lopez worked in the “Cordova” style to create these sculptures, showing details in different shades of wood instead of paint. Their humble clothing and peaceful expressions suggest that the artist believed true faith could be achieved through living a simple life.


Animal - bird

Emblem - cross

Religion - saint - St. Francis


folk art

wood - cedar

wood - cottonwood