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St. Martin Caballero (Double figure)

1980 Enrique Rendon Born: Monero, New Mexico 1923 Died: Verlarde, New Mexico 1987 painted cottonwood, cloth, leather, fiber, metal 13 7/8 x 8 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (35.2 x 20.6 x 28.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.79 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


Luce Center Label

St. Martin Caballero is more popularly known as St. Martin of Tours, a soldier who, according to Catholic legend, cut his cloak so he could give half to a beggar. In this piece, Enrique Rendon showed St. Martin handing his cloak to a half-naked man. Both of the figures stare out at the viewer with Rendon’s trademark “piercing eyes.” (Laurie Beth Kalb, Consuming Devotions, 1992)

Keywords

Animal - horse

Figure male - nude

Occupation - beggar

Religion - saint - St. Martin

sculpture

folk art

animal parts - leather

fabric

metal

wood - cottonwood

About Enrique Rendon

Born: Monero, New Mexico 1923 Died: Verlarde, New Mexico 1987