San Jose y el Nino

  • Tiburcio de la Espada, San Jose y el Nino, ca. 1845, carved and painted wood, wax, and metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.41

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The staff that Joseph holds refers to his divine selection as the favored suitor of the Virgin Mary. He is often shown holding the Christ child to emphasize his role as protector of his devotees. St. Joseph is the patron saint of several areas throughout Puerto Rico, including Ciales, Gurabo, Luquillo, Peñuelas, and Lares, communities that extend across the island.

San Jose y el Nino
ca. 1845
On View
12 1/2 x 6 x 4 1/4 in. (31.8 x 15.3 x 10.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums Description
carved and painted wood, wax, and metal
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – saint – St. Joseph
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