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St. Anthony with the Christ Child

ca. 1825-1840 Attributed to Arroyo Hondo Painter water-based paint on wood panel 13 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (35.3 x 25.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.97 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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St. Anthony was a member of the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church known for his aggressive attacks on heresies. During the Renaissance, however, a cult of devotion developed around the saint, and many artists offered a gentler, more sentimental image by presenting him as a protector of the infant Jesus. (Ron Tyler, ed., Posada’s Mexico, 1979)

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Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - saint - St. Anthony

painting

folk art

paint

wood - pine