San Rafael

  • Genaro Rivera Aviles, San Rafael, late 19th-early 20th century, carved and painted wood and metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.51

Luce Center Label

Saint Raphael, the guide of travelers and pilgrims, is represented here with his symbols, a fish and a staff. According to the book of Tobit, Raphael accompanied Tobit’s son Tobias on a long journey. When the young Tobias caught a fish in the Tigris River, Raphael warned him not to eat the heart and liver. Later, Tobias used these parts as protection against the devil.

Title
San Rafael
Artist
Date
late 19th-early 20th century
On View
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. (30.2 x 14.7 x 8.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood and metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – fish
  • Religion – angel – St. Raphael
Object Number
1996.91.51
Palette
Linked Open Data
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