King Wenceslaus IV Sentences Saint John of Nepomuk

Room 38
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Paolo de Matteis

Piano Vetrale, 1662 – Naples, 1728

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The scene represents the sentencing to death of St. John Nepomucene in 1393 for refusing to violate the secret of the confession of Queen Joanna. The painting originally hung in the convent church of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Barcelona, known as Nostra Senyora de la Bonanova, on the site of the present-day Liceu opera house. De Matteis was a Neapolitan baroque painter who worked for various European courts, and the Barcelona origin of the work attests to the international circulation of artworks in the period and the involvement of the city in this trade.



293 x 174 cm

Long-term loan from the Reial Acadèmia de Belles Art de Sant Jordi, 1902; acquired, 1906

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Oil on canvas
Century: XVIII
Subject: Religion
Paolo de Matteis - El rei Venceslau IV sentencia sant Joan Nepomucè - 1710
El rei Venceslau IV sentencia sant Joan Nepomucè