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San Ramon Nonato

late 18th-early 19th century Felipe de la Espada Born: San German, Puerto Rico Died: San Germán, Puerto Rico 1818 carved and painted wood 12 x 4 5/8 x 4 7/8 in. (30.5 x 11.8 x 12.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.39 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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San Ramon Nonato is the patron saint of slaves. He is also widely invoked by women in labor, as protector of newborns and patron of midwives. He acquired the name “non natus” (unborn) because he was delivered from his mother’s womb by cesarean section. He is the patron saint of Catalonia in Spain, and the many images of him in Puerto Rico attest to the migration of Catalonians to the island in the nineteenth century.

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Religion - saint - St. Raymond

sculpture

wood

About Felipe de la Espada

Born: San German, Puerto Rico Died: San Germán, Puerto Rico 1818

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