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Bulto, San Antonio De Padua

Bulto, San Antonio De Padua

Workshop of: Santo Nino Santero

Department: History
Date: c. 1840
Medium: Wood, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
21 1/8 × 8 × 5 7/8 in. (53.7 × 20.3 × 14.9 cm)
Classification: Communication Objects
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1979 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1981.174.1
DescriptionBulto, santo of San Antonio de Padua by the Santo Nino Santero. Gesso'd and painted wood. Large image of the Franciscan monk with palm branch in one hand and the Christ child in a red tunic in the other hand. All elements are original except for a minor restoration to the monk's frock.

He was called the Santo Nino Santero because he did many images of the Holy Child. One of the finest folk artists in New Mexico, he has recently been identified as Jose Manuel Benavides, a sculptor who worked closely with another outstanding santero called Jose Rafael Aragon. Both lived in Santa Cruz de la Canada near Santa Fe. Certain characteristics are his hallmarks: long slender noses, thin lips, slightly protruding almond-shaped eyes, and carefully carved hands and fingers.
Not on view
Label Text:Bulto: San Antonio de Padua
Saint Anthony of Padua
Attributed to: Santo Nino Santero
New Mexico, gesso, and paint
#81.174.1

San Antonio de Padua
St Anthony de Padua is the second most common santo found in New Mexico religious art, surpassed in number's only by Christ Crucificado [Christ on t he cross], Saint Anthony lived between 1195 and 1232; he was born in Lisbon, Portiagal and became a Franciscan after instruction by Saint Francis. San Antonio is venerated as a finder of lost articles, a patron of animals and a patron of the home.

One of the finest santeros in New Mexico, The Santo Niño Santero is now identified as José Manuel Benavides, a sculptor who worked closely with José Rafael Aragón. Both lived in Santa Cruz de la Cañada near Santa Fe. His hallmarks include long slender noses, thin lips, slightly protruding almond-shaped eyes, and carefully carved hands and fingers.
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