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Saint Luke / Saint Anthony -
This extremely rare and important 19th century Mexican retablo represents San Antonio de Padau (left) and San Lucas Evangelista and his winged ox (right). Saint Anthony, with the Christ Child and martyr's palm, is positioned before a verdant and mountainous landscape. In the right quadrant, Saint Luke the Evangelist, with artist's palette and easel, applies paint to his canvas. It is believed that Saint Luke was a talented artist, and the first to paint the Virgin (as pictured above). In Catholicism the symbol for Saint Luke is the winged ox, represented in lower right - a representation of Christ's sacrifice. Saint Luke is the patron saint of artists, painters, sculptors and butchers - hence his rendering of Madonna and Child and his attributable ox.
Dimensions: 14 inches horizontal x 10 inches vertical.
In excellent, original condition.