San Juan Nepomuceno

image for San Juan Nepomuceno
Saint John Nepomucene
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).
Description (Spanish)
Este santo de gran tamaño representa a San Juan Nepomuceno, un mártir del siglo XIV a quien los católicos consideran patrón de la santa confesión. Los jesuitas distribuyeron ampliamente su imagen a lo largo del imperio español durante el siglo XVIII. La iglesia fomentó la devoción a este santo por considerarlo un incentivo a que los católicos confesaran sus pecados en presencia de un sacerdote, ritual conocido como el Sacramento de la Penitencia. Se cree que este santo es obra de Felipe de la Espada (1754–1818).
Currently not on view
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
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Espada, Felipe de la
Puerto Rico
Place Made
Puerto Rico: San Germán, San Germán
Physical Description
wood; paint (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
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
National Museum of American History
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