San Juan Nepomuceno

Description
This large santo depicts St. John Nepomucene, a 14th-century martyr who is considered by Catholics to be the patron saint of confession. His image was widely circulated by Jesuits throughout the Spanish empire in the 18th century. The Church promoted devotion to this saint since it encouraged Catholics to confess their sins in the presence of a priest, a ritual known as the Sacrament of Penance. This santo is believed to be the work of Felipe de la Espada (1754–1818).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
santo
Date made
1754-1818-06-18
maker
Espada, Felipe de la
Physical Description
wood; paint (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 50.5 cm x 22.7 cm x 21.1 cm; 19 7/8 in x 8 15/16 in x 8 5/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Mayagüez-Aguadilla, San Germán
ID Number
1997.0097.0901
catalog number
1997.0097.0901
accession number
1997.0097
subject
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Religion
Saints
Vidal
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Saint John Nepomucene
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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