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Josť Campeche y Jordan
San Juan Nepomuceno (Saint John Nepomuk)
about 1798
oil
41 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection



This depiction of Saint John Nepomuk, which was commissioned for the cemetery chapel in Caracas, Venezuela, honors the late-fourteenth-century confessor to Queen Johanna of Bohemia who was martyred for refusing to reveal the queen's confessions to her husband. The letters "tacui," which encircle the saint's head like a halo of stars, represent the Latin phrase, "I was silent."



Esta imagen de San Juan Nepomuceno, encargada para la capilla del cementerio de Caracas, Venezuela, rinde homenaje al confesor de la reina Juana de Bohemia, martirizado a finales del siglo XIV por negarse a revelar al rey las confesiones de la reina, su esposa. La leyenda latina "tacui", que rodea la cabeza del santo como un halo de estrellas, significa "Yo callé".