Can you tell me more about this?
This is an example of work being produced in
Pueblo, New Mexico after the colonial period ended and Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821.
Mexico was the northern most frontier of New Spain during the Colonial Period. While this is very clearly Christian (more specifically Catholic) imagery, it really demonstrates a blending of Native and Spanish styles
In Europe, Saint Joseph was overshadowed by The Virgin and Christ. He was seen mostly as a a mundane counterpart to the otherworldly Mary and Jesus.
However, he enjoyed great popularity in the colonial Hispanic world due to a deliberate "rebranding" effort by Spanish missionaries, who succeeded in transforming him into a social role model for both Spanish and indigenous people.
Do you think Saint Joseph appealed more to the indigenous populations? Primarily since they were hard working, cultural and religious people?
I think so, because he was a normal man, and yet he was involved in a miraculous story. Everyone needs someone to relate to as an entry point.