St. John Nepomuk / San Juan Nepomuceno

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Title

St. John Nepomuk / San Juan Nepomuceno

Object Type

Painting

Creator

Anonymous

Origin

Mexico, late 18th-early 19th century

Medium

Oil on copper

Dimensions

14 3/4in H x 11in W (38 x 28cm)

Identifier

1958.027

Acquisition Method

Gift of the Fred Harvey Company

Provenance

Collected in Mexico.

Physical Description

Label on verso: No 35 C/7104/Antique-B 42965 / $47.50. Hand hammered copper with original edges top and bottom; sides have been trimmed. Painted over an earlier image.

Comments

A 14th-century priest in Prague whom King Wenceslas IV had tortured and thrown from a bridge for refusing to reveal the queen's confessions, Nepomuk became the patron saint of secrecy, bridges, rivers, and irrigation systems. (D. Pierce, 1996)

References

Donna Pierce and Marta Weigle. "Spanish New Mexico: the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Collection." Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1996.

Collection

Citation

Anonymous, “St. John Nepomuk / San Juan Nepomuceno,” Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Collections, accessed October 18, 2017, http://collections.spanishcolonial.org/items/show/2859.