San Juan Nepomuceno

  • Felipe de la Espada, San Juan Nepomuceno, late 18th-early 19th century, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.38

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Saint John Nepomuk is represented in this santo with a tilted head, placid expression, and outstretched arms to convey the great compassion for which he was venerated throughout the Spanish colonies. Saint John was born in the town of Nepomuk in today’s Czech Republic. He became the vicar-general of Prague, but King Wenceslaus IV had him thrown from a bridge into the river Moldau in 1393 when John refused to reveal details of the queen’s confession.

Title
San Juan Nepomuceno
Artists
Date
late 18th-early 19th century
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Dimensions
9 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (23.7 x 9.3 x 7.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

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Keywords
  • Religion – saint – St. John
Object Number
1996.91.38
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