Saint Patrick Missionary of Ireland

  • Frank Brito, Saint Patrick Missionary of Ireland, ca. 1960s, carved and painted cottonwood, 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

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.

Title
Saint Patrick Missionary of Ireland
Artist
Date
ca. 1960s
On View
Dimensions
13 x 5 x 4 3/4 in. (33.0 x 12.7 x 12.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted cottonwood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Religion – saint – St. Patrick
Object Number
1997.124.52
Palette
Linked Open Data
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