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Artist Unknown Artist
Title Saint John the Nepomucene (San Juan Nepomuceno)
Date 1700-1800
Medium oil on canvas
Place of Origin Mexico
Culture Mexican
Catalog Number 1968.2
Collection Spanish to Post Colonial Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift of Mr. Paul Cleaver
Didactic Information After having been cured of a grave childhood illness, John's parents consecrated him to the service of God. As a preacher, he inspired many and was gifted at settling arguments. Most notably he was confessor to the queen, wife of Wenceslaus IV (c. 1400, Prague). John was tortured by fire and the rack and was imprisoned after he refused to reveal the queen's confessions to the king. Finally he was thrown from a bridge and drowned and an unearthly glow emanated from the river. Centuries later his body was exhumed and it is said that his tongue was in a perfect state of preservation. He is the patron saint of confessions and keeping secrets.