San Jose

  • Master of "La Merced", San Jose, early 18th century, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.45

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For Catholics in Puerto Rico, one of St. Joseph's powers is his ability to comfort the dying. Like many santos, this one has lost the symbols that would have identified the saint immediately. Joseph usually holds carpenter's tools or a flowering staff; sometimes he is shown holding the Christ child to emphasize his role as protector. In this santo, Joseph's sympathetic expression conveys his quiet, compassionate nature.

San Jose
early 18th century
On View
36 1/2 x 13 x 8 1/4 in. (92.7 x 33.0 x 21.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

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carved and painted wood
  • Religion – saint – St. Joseph
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