Cathedral of Saint Joseph 140 Farmington Avenue Over main entrance Hartford Connecticut 06105
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Connecticut survey, 1993.
Image on file.
The Hartford Courant, March 29, 1962, pg. 1.
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Three high relief panels above the entrance to a cathedral featuring a monumental depiction of Saint Joseph flanked by other, smaller figures. A full-length figure of Saint Joseph stands in the center of the middle panel with his arms outstretched. He is barefoot, has a halo behind his head, and is wearing a full-length robe. Behind him and appearing beneath his proper right arm is a depiction of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, with Saint Joseph's Cathedral of Hartford to his proper left. In front and to the proper right of Saint Joseph are a standing priest, a standing figure of Pope John XXIII, and a kneeling nun, all of whom appear to be praying to Saint Joseph. Each wears ecclesiastical clothing appropriate to their office, as does the figure of the archbishop, who, with a family of a man, woman and small child, are in front and to the proper left of Saint Joseph. The archbishop stands with his proper right arm extended forward and downward, while his proper left hand holds a crosier. The woman holds the small child in her arms. The panels on either side each depict four people representative of the different peoples of the world. At the top of each of the side panels is an angel with outspread wings grasping fabric serving as the backdrop to the panels.