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Artist Unknown Artist
Title Saint Isidore the Farmer (San Isidro Labrador)
Date 1800-1900
Medium oil on tin
Place of Origin Mexico
Culture Mexican
Catalog Number 1967.41
Collection Retablo or Ex Voto Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Lockett
Didactic Information Saint Isidore is a very popular saint in Spain, Mexico and other parts of the New World and is considered the patron saint of farmers. As a devout Christian, Isidore was said to have dressed as a pilgrim, prayed with ardor and given all his gains to the poor. But as an industrious farmer, he worked on Sunday rather than keeping the Sabbath. He was first chastised by God, and then visited by a variety of plagues, including grasshoppers and torrential rains. When he agreed not to work on Sunday, God sent him angels to plow the field while he prayed.