STERN, Ignaz
(b. 1679, Mauerkirchen, d. 1748, Roma)

St John of Nepomuk

Oil on canvas, 172 x 123 cm
Private collection

St John Nepomuk is the patron saint of the Czeshs. He is usually shown holding a crucifix. He was thrown in the river on May 16, 1383 by King Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia: according to the acts of the canonization he had refused to betray the confession of the queen. He became a saint in 1729 in the frame of the efforts to recatholicize Bohemia.