San Antonio de Padua

  • George Lopez, San Antonio de Padua, 1975, carved cottonwood and cedar, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.70

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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.

Title
San Antonio de Padua
Artist
Date
1975
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (49.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 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 cottonwood and cedar
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Religion – saint – St. Anthony
  • Emblem – cross
Object Number
1997.124.70
Palette
Linked Open Data
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