A 19th Century Mexican Folk Retablo - Saint Martin de Porres
San Martin de Porres, a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, is the patron saint of mixed-race people, black people, the impoverished and those seeking interracial harmony. He was noted for work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children’s hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and an ability to communicate with animals. In retablo art, San Martin is almost always accompanied by a cat, dog and a mouse all feasting from the same bowl.
Dimensions: 7 inches x 5 inches.
Condition notes: in overall good condition with only minor paint loss.
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