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19th C. Mexican Retablo - Francisco de Paula

Latin America, Mexico, Spanish Colonial, ca. 1800 to 1900 CE. A small oil on tin retablo contained within a tin-box frame depicting San Francisco de Paula. Saint Francis is revered as the patron saint of fires, plagues and the blind. As we see here he is almost always depicted as an elderly man wearing the simple robes of his order, holding a rosary and staff, with a sacrificial lamb emerging from a fiery oven and the word "Caritas" (Charity) illuminated from above. Size: 6-1/4" x 4-3/4" x 1-1/4" (15.9 x 12.1 x 3.2 cm)

Condition: Expected oxidation, minor bending, surface wear.

Provenance: Ex-private T. Jones collection, New York, NY.

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