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San Juan Nepomuceno

early 18th century Master of "La Merced" carved and painted wood; glass 19 x 9 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (48.3 x 23.5 x 11.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.46 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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In this skillfully carved santo, St. John Nepomuk appears to be engaged in his role of confessor, with his lips slightly pursed as if in the act of blessing the penitent. After he was made a saint in 1729, his popularity spread throughout Europe and the New World, where his image appeared in a variety of forms.

Keywords

Religion - saint - St. John

sculpture

glass

wood