San Antonio de Padua

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most venerated saints in Puerto Rico. According to Catholic tradition, he was miraculously visited by the Infant Jesus, and is commonly referred to as the "finder of lost articles." This figure is an early example of a santo from the 18th century.
Description (Spanish)
Conforme a la tradición, San Antonio de Padua, uno de los santos más venerados de Puerto Rico, fue milagrosamente visitado por el niño Jesús. Comúnmente se lo invoca para "encontrar objetos perdidos". Esta figura constituye un ejemplo temprano de los santos del siglo XVIII.
Currently not on view
Date made
18th century
Saint Anthony of Padua
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 48.3 cm x 20.4 cm x 16.2 cm; 19 in x 8 1/16 in x 6 3/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


"Saint Anthony of Padua is worship if you need to find a good husband or wife and he finds any article that is lost. He helps you getting your mail to its destination all people that are devoted to him will write on the left size. lower corner of the envelopel the initials R.A.S.A.( recomended to saint Anthony) He is celebrated every 13 of june and he holds in his arm a baby jesus and a biblel, he is very miracle, his tongue is kept intact in the basiic of the saint in Italy "

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