Santa Barbara

  • Unidentified, Santa Barbara, ca. 1675-1725, carved and painted wood and metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.56

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According to legend, St. Barbara's father locked her in a tower to keep suitors away from her. She became a Christian while her father was away and when he returned he tried to kill her. Ultimately, she was condemned to death by a judge and her father was struck dead by lightning. She is venerated for protection against fire, lightning, and hurricanes. This santo (image of a saint) represents her triumphantly holding the tower in which she was incarcerated.

Santa Barbara
ca. 1675-1725
On View
9 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (24.2 x 10.8 x 9.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums Description
carved and painted wood and metal
  • Religion – saint – St. Barbara
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – tower
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