This vintage "retablo" or religious painting on a thin sheet of metal is from Mexico, circa 1960s to 1970s, and depicts Saint Joseph and Christ Child. This piece, painted about 50-60 years ago in Mexico, reproduced a much earlier piece from the Spanish Colonial era. Religious art of "New Spain," or Spanish Colonial Mexico, came to the region in the late sixteenth century and represented in many cases reproductions, sometimes from memory, old European art forms. The art was devotional, meaning the pieces were used in churches, but also for home altars, as the settlements were often isolated. The santos (saints) made in two-dimensional form were known as retablos, and were often painted on wood but also metal and canvas. This retablo depicts St. Joseph with a staff of roses, holding the Christ Child on his shoulder. St. Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, is considered "foster father" of Jesus. He was a carpenter and is patron of workers, laborers, craftspeople, but also pregnant women, immigrants, families, fathers, and travelers, among others. While the metal upon which this is painted is quite old, perhaps much older than the painting itself, we know the image is not antique, which we can tell by the vibrancy of the paint. Still, it is a wonderful piece, and you can purchase the metal easel pictured for a bit extra.
The metal "canvas" measures a little over 7" wide by about 10-1/2" tall. There is a great deal of wear to the metal, and some to the painting. The easel pictured is optional for purchase.
A wonderful piece of history.
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