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San Raphael

ca. 1976 José Mondragón Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1931 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1989 carved pine 13 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (34.3 x 14.6 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 1997.124.73 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


Luce Center Label

The name Raphael means “God has healed” in Hebrew, and this sculpture shows the patron saint of doctors and nurses. José Mondragón depicted Raphael carrying a fish to represent the biblical story when the saint cured a man’s blindness with the creature’s gall bladder. He used simple shapes and very little detail to show that even the most humble of God’s creations can perform miracles.

Keywords

Animal - fish

Religion - angel - St. Raphael

sculpture

folk art

wood - pine

About José Mondragón

Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1931 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1989

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