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Saint Catherine of Alexandria and Saint James the Great, stained glass panel, German, Rhineland, late 17th or early 18th century

Clear glass with black brown paint, yellow and orange stain. Blue and red enamels and yellow stain rim

Height: 255mm
Width: 220mm

Museum number: SG105

Curatorial note

The two saints stand on a plain with a low horizon and rays of light stream through the delicately modelled clouds. St James the Great is dressed as a pilgrim, bearded and barefoot, with a wallet at his belt. He holds a staff with a gourd in his right hand and a book in his left. Saint Catherine has a small crown resting lightly on her head. Her right hand rests on a sword and she holds an open book with her left. A broken wheel, her attribute, lies by her side.

For commentary on the German source of this panel and the influence of Rubens as noted by Popham, see SG103. In England there is a related pair of saints, St Peter and St Margaret, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Berwick on Tweed, while related panels of St Francis and St Dominic and of St Joseph and the Christ Child are in the Chantry Chapel, Farleigh Hungerford Castle (Somerset). See also SG77, SG87, SG103, SG133 and SG135.

Literature

Suzanne Beeh-Lustenberger, Glasgemälde aus Frankfurter Sammlungen. Frankfurt: Verlag Waldemar Kramer, 1965 Inv. X 17073
Suzanne Beeh-Lustenberger, Glasmalerei um 800-1900 im Hessischen Landesmuseum in Darmstadt. Frankfurt: Hans Peters Verlag, 1973 Inv. Kg 31:19
William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993 165, 654, 657
Brigitte Lymant, Die Glasmalerei des Schnütgen Museums. Köln: Das Museum, 1982 M 352-354
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 238


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