San Antonio y el Nino

  • Lares group, San Antonio y el Nino, ca. 1875-1900, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.43

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In this santo the carver created tension by contrasting the saint's delicate gesture with the child's fidgeting. The image of the Christ child in the saint's arms represents the most famous incident in St. Anthony's story, when the infant Jesus appeared to him in a vision. In representations, Anthony often appears startled, as if the child has mysteriously materialized in his hands. Here the infant looks as if he might slip out of the saint's arms at any moment.

Title
San Antonio y el Nino
Artists
Date
ca. 1875-1900
On View
Dimensions
15 3/4 x 6 x 4 3/4 in. (40.0 x 15.3 x 12.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – saint – St. Anthony
Object Number
1996.91.43
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