"Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus"
Joseph is a figure in the canonical gospels who was married to Mary, Jesus' mother, and was Jesus' legal father.
Joseph is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglicanism and Lutheranism. In Catholic traditions, Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers and is associated with various feast days. The month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Pope Pius IX declared him to be both the patron and the protector of the Catholic Church, in addition to his patronages of the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief that he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. In popular piety, Joseph is regarded as a model for fathers and has also become patron of various dioceses and places.
Pictured on this Italian chromolithograph is a downward-facing Saint Joseph with a gilded halo carrying in one arm, a bouquet of lillies, and in the other, the infant Jesus, who bares a gilded aura.
The bottom of the piece is printed:
"s. giuseppe s. jose st. joseph hl joseph"
which means Saint Joseph in Italian, Spanish, English, and German.
The print is framed in near flawless glass and gold/black painted wooden frame. Some surface wear on the frame, but no visible scratches or cracks on the glass.
This is a very beautifully aged piece, and would be a great addition to any Saint collection.
14 x 18 x 1/3
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