Attributed to the Eighteenth Century Novice (1733 - 1771)
San José Patriarca
wood, gesso, pigment
35 x 12 x 9 in.
Saint Joseph the Patriarch. Hand-carved solid, heavy male figure holds the Christ Child. Thickly applied homemade oil pigments painted over gessoed surface. Figure has scalloped hairline, molded beard, carved eyelids over pupils and thinly drawn lower lash line, thick neck, — extended arms with well-carved fingers and long thumbs. His feet are in open toe sandals with straight thick ankles. His ochre cloak, with red lining, softly falls over his left shoulder and attaches to his sash as it drapes around the right hip. The cloak is carved wood. His green painted dress is fitted at the waist and has carved pleats in the front. There is a sensation of slight movement with the skirt. Child wears yellow dress and holds an orb in left hand. Figure is attached to a thick tall, flat platform base; figure is supported under the skirt with a wooden post.