Santa Barbara

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.

Title
Santa Barbara
Artist
Date
ca. 1675-1725
Location
Dimensions
9 124 143 12 in. (24.210.89.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood and metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – tower
Object Number
1996.91.56
Palette
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