Beautiful antique Mexican Oil painted tin retablo features Saint Joseph holding the Infant Jesus Christ.

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Beautiful antique Mexican Oil painted tin retablo features Saint Joseph holding the Infant Jesus Christ.

 

With original Frame

 

Mexico. 18th century.

 

Size 19 x 15 cm

 

 

“St. Joseph’s veneration was introduced to Mexico in the 1520s by the first Observant Franciscan missionaries in the Americas. In 1555, St. Joseph was proclaimed patron of the viceroyalty of New Spain (present-day Mexico, Central America, and the Philippines) by the First Provincial Council of Mexico. In Mexican Colonial and retablo art, St. Joseph is consistently depicted as a youthful but mature, gentle but vigorous father figure.

A counterpart to the traditional image of the Madonna and Child, St Joseph Holding the Christ Child within the Image of an Oval Frame is the most frequent manner in which the saint is depicted in retablos: a half-length figure in three-quarter view wearing a gold crown (symbolic of the reward Jesus bestowed on him in heaven), affectionately holding the Christ Child (who wears a reddish robe, signifying that He is divine love incarnate and/or the sacrificial Lamb of God, and who holds a small cross, the instrument of human redemption), and with his attribute of the flowering staff, which signaled his divine election as the husband of the Virgin Mary. In Mexican retablos, the flowers of Joseph’s staff are colorful hollyhocks, which in Spanish are called varitas de San José.”