This very large and very impressive mid 19th century oil on tin retablo represents 'San Ysidro Labrador', the patron Saint of Farmers. Saint Isidore is invoked for agricultural issues, good weather (before picnics) and prosperous crop and is usually shown disproportionately larger than the angel and the cattle before him. According to legend, San Ysidro was instructed by God to stop working on the Sabbath but the Saint was too overwhelmed with work and would not obey. The lord threatened him thrice and San Ysidro accepted the Lord's offer of an angel to help him complete his chores. It is is the context, working the fields with his angel and cattle, in which he is most commonly depicted.
Displayed in aperiod ebonized wood frame. The smaller retablo is shown for scale only and is not part of this listing.
Dimensions: 25 inches x 20 inches. Retablo measures 21.5 inches x 16.25 inches.
Condition: minor wrinkling of tin. Minor paint loss in lower right.