This 19th century oil on tin folk retablo represents 'San Camilo de Lelis', often referred to as the 'Red Cross Saint' -- a reference to the red cross worn on his black habit.
San Camilo, patron saint of the sick, nurses and dyeing people, is almost always depicted as he is here, ministering to his patient at the hour of death. In almost every example of this subject, San Camilo is accompanied by his ministers, devilish imps, angels, and a scythe wielding 'Santa Muerte' represented in the form of a skeleton. The angel, imps and Santa Muerte are vying for the dyeing man's soul as it departs his lifeless body and ascends to heaven.
Attributed to Agustin Barajas, better known as 'The Skimpy Painter'.
Dimensions: 14 inches vertical x 10 inches horizontal.
Condition: in overall excellent condition.
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