Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
A number of paintings of favorite saints sometimes decorated a bedroom. (The 1784 inventory of Manuel Herrera in Oruro, in present-day Bolivia, lists more than fifty religious paintings in the alcoba.) This Cuzco school image of Saint Joseph, who also served as the patron saint of the Good Death, would have been an apt work for a bedchamber, where it would have watched over evening prayer and sleep. Images of Saint Joseph came into vogue in ecclesiastical and domestic contexts throughout the empire after 1679, when King Charles II named him the patron saint of the Spanish monarchy.
Pinturas de los santos favoritos solían decorar el dormitorio. (El inventario de 1784 de Manuel Herrera en Oruro, en la actual Bolivia, enumera más de cincuenta pinturas religiosas en la alcoba.) Esta imagen de la escuela de Cuzco de San José, que también era el santo patrono de la Buena Muerte, era una obra apropiada para un dormitorio, donde hubiese presidido la oración vespertina y el sueño. Las imágenes de San José se pusieron de moda en contextos eclesiásticos y domésticos en España y sus territorios después de 1679, cuando el Rey Carlos II lo denominara santo patrono de la monarquía española.
Oil on canvas
late 17th-18th century
43 x 32 1/8in. (109.2 x 81.6cm)
frame: 45 11/16 x 35 1/16 x 2 1/2 in. (116 x 89.1 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Cuzco School. Saint Joseph and the Christ Child, late 17th-18th century. Oil on canvas, 43 x 32 1/8in. (109.2 x 81.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.191 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1275.191_SL1.jpg)
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