Santa Barbara

  • Unidentified, Santa Barbara, 18th century, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.57

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In Puerto Rico smaller images of saints (santos) were usually made for private prayer, while larger figures were intended for church. A wealthy patron probably owned this early figure. As more artisans carved santos, they became increasingly accessible to families of moderate means. By the end of the nineteenth century, santos could be found in most Catholic households on the island.

Santa Barbara
18th century
On View
9 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (23.5 x 9.9 x 9.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

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