Most paintings seem to portray St. Joseph as an old man and his wife St. Mary as much younger. Abp. Fulton Sheen—arguing in "The World's Happiest Marriage" that "Joseph was probably a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, and disciplined"—gives the example of Guido Reni, who "pictured Joseph as an old man with white hair": Guido Reni's «Holy Family»

Which paintings portray a young St. Joseph (i.e., one nearer to St. Mary's age)?

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    This seems like it's probably overbroad... – the dark wanderer Sep 8 '17 at 9:51
  • Lots of pictures portray St. Joseph as a young man. – Ken Graham Sep 8 '17 at 17:05
  • St John the Baptist is also pictured as an old man whereas he could have just crossed thirty when beheaded by Herod. – Kadalikatt Joseph Sibichan Sep 13 '17 at 10:14

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