Santa Barbara

  • Unidentified (Puerto Rican), Santa Barbara, ca. 1680-1690, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.9

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Puerto Ricans depicted religious subjects for homes and churches, although painted images were less common than carved wooden saints. This small panel was probably created as one of several for the front of a pulpit or altarpiece in a church or a private chapel. Saint Barbara is especially revered in Puerto Rico, because she is believed to protect against hurricanes, which are an annual threat to the island. She is represented here with her symbols: a crown, a palm of martyrs, and the tower with three windows where she was incarcerated before being beheaded at her father’s order.

Title
Santa Barbara
Artists
Date
ca. 1680-1690
On View
Dimensions
10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. (27.6 x 21.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

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Highlights
Keywords
  • Religion – saint – St. Barbara
  • Religion – martyr
  • Object – foliage – palm
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – tower
Object Number
1996.91.9
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