Painting of St. Joseph, Oil on Canvas
|Dimensions||2.5 × 28 × 27 in|
This beautiful oil on canvas painting of St. Joseph with his hands crossed over lilies was found in France. Although we could not find a signature, this piece was probably originally painted for the decoration of a church and has wonderful colors and a gorgeous aged patina. St. Joseph, as he is often depicted in paintings, is dressed in blue and red. Blue was used to signify the heavens and the protection of God, red was used to represent humanity and the blood of Christ, by which humanity was saved. The lilies he is holding are also symbolic. The symbolism of flowers was used especially in medieval and Renaissance paintings and tapestries to reinforce the message of the main subject. The Lily, known as Mary’s flower, with its white flower, was used to symbolize Mary’s purity, humility, loving obedience to God’s will (Jesus is also called Lily of the Valley).
H 27 in. x W 28 in. x D 2.5 in.
H 68.58 cm x W 71.12 cm x D 6.35 cm