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Jesus in the house of Martha and Mary, stained glass oval, Netherlandish, 17th century
Clear glass with black and brown paint, yellow stain and blue, red and purple enamels
Museum number: SG111
Jesus and Mary sit side by side in armchairs, Mary with an open book resting on her lap. On the right Martha holds a sieve and points to the book. The simple room has spare classical detailing. Through an archway a woman can be seen busy before a kettle on a hearth, and through an open door beyond are several figures seated at a table. This is a run-of-the-mill panel with its uncertain perspective and stylised gestures and is typical of the average workshop output.
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 246
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