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Saint Joseph with the Christ Child
Martínez, Sebastián
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Martínez, Sebastián

Jaén, 1615 - Madrid, 1667

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Saint Joseph with the Christ Child

Ca. 1650. Oil on canvas.
Room 018

Saint Joseph grasps Jesus’s arm to prevent him from taking fruit from the basket. This action is loaded with meaning, given the sacrificial and Eucharistic significance of both the Child’s violet tunic and the grapes and pomegranates that predominate in the fruit basket. The painter, who is now getting better known, worked in Jaen and at Court in Madrid in the mid-seventeenth century.

Technical data

Inventory number
Martínez, Sebastián
Saint Joseph with the Christ Child
Ca. 1650
Height: 142 cm; Width: 96 cm
Acquisition, 2009.

Bibliography +

Nancarrow, M., Navarrete Prieto, B., Antonio del Castillo, Fundación de Apoyo a la Historia del Arte Hispánico, Madrid, 2004, pp. 111.

Palencia, José Maria, Sebastián Martínez 'San Joseph with the Crist Child' En:, Sacred Spain. Art and belief in the Spanish world, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009, pp. 320-321 n.70.

Portús Pérez, Javier, Sebastián Martínez 'San José con el Niño' En: Memoria de actividades 2009, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2010, pp. 26-28.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2797.

Inscriptions + f. Giennii
Signed. Front

Exhibitions +

Sacred Spain - España Sagrada: Arte y Creencia en el Mundo Hispano
Indianapolis IN
11.10.2009 - 03.01.2010

Location +

Room 018 (On Display)


Displayed objects +

Fruitbowl / Fruit Arrangement

Update date: 13-01-2022 | Registry created on 15-12-2015

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