Monday, 4 February 2008

St. Anthony

5"X7" Graphitint on paper

St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost things, usually depicted in a brown Franciscan robe, holding the infant Jesus in one hand and a lily in the other. This charming and rather battered statue seems to have lost both the lily and the baby, and the brown robe has seen better days too.

He once stood in a Quebec church but was saved from the wreckers in the 70s and now stands in my friend's dining room where he occasionally receives requests for assistance with lost items from the Portuguese cleaning lady.