San José
ca. 1776
16" x 5" x 4"
Bultos, wood, gesso, tempera and tin
Region: New Mexico
Saint Joseph is the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. He is universally esteemed as the patron saint of the family. He usually is depicted holding the Christ child and a flowering staff. He is sometimes shown with a crown and is always bearded. The flowering staff refers to the miraculous blossoming of his staff during the courtship of Mary, which led to his being selected as her successful suitor.

About the Artist
(1760 - 1799)
Fray Andrés García, a Franciscan friar who served at a number of New Mexican churches in the late eighteenth century, was born in 1720 at Puebla de los Angeles in Mexico. García has been credited with producing several santos that are still in the churches where he served. He appears to have worked tirelessly to produce interior furnishings and artwork wherever he served.