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San Juan Nepomuceno

ca. 1798 José Campeche y Jordán Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1751 Died: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1809 oil on canvas 41 3/4 x 29 1/2 in. (106.1 x 74.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


Gallery Label

The halo of five stars around the head of San Juan Nepomuceno, the patron saint of confessors, spells out TACUI, Latin for "I did not speak." The letters lead the viewer's eye to the figure of Christ, the object of the saint's devotion. This painting reminded priests of their obligation to remain silent regarding what they heard from those they absolved. José Campeche, a descendant of freed slaves, made a career for himself as an artist and architect, using colonial, European, and folk traditions to create distinctively Puerto Rican artwork at the close of the eighteenth-century.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Emblem - cross

Object - foliage - palm

Object - written matter - book

Religion - saint - St. John

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About José Campeche y Jordán

Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1751 Died: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1809

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