Vicente Salvador Gómez was a theoretician, master of an academy of drawing, and painter active in Valencia during the 1670s. Devotion to Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, flourished during the Counter-Reformation in Spain, especially after Teresa of Avila claimed him as her patron and intercessor. Joseph's role as the earthly protector of Christ, patiently fostering a son who was not his, was understood as a model for Christian family life. During the Middle Ages, he was usually portrayed as a doddering, white-bearded old man, especially in Nativity scenes. Here Gómez portrays him as a vigorous young man.