San Raphael

  • José Mondragón, San Raphael, ca. 1976, carved pine, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.73

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The name Raphael means “God has healed” in Hebrew, and this sculpture shows the patron saint of doctors and nurses. José Mondragón depicted Raphael carrying a fish to represent the biblical story when the saint cured a man’s blindness with the creature’s gall bladder. He used simple shapes and very little detail to show that even the most humble of God’s creations can perform miracles.

Title
San Raphael
Artist
Date
ca. 1976
Location
Dimensions
13 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (34.3 x 14.6 x 12.1 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 pine
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – fish
Object Number
1997.124.73
Palette
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