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The Scourging of Christ, stained glass panel, After Marten de Vos, School of Jan de Caumont, Netherlandish,17th century

Height: 415 mm
Width: 545mm

Museum number: SG124

Curatorial note

This larger panel shows Christ standing before a classical pillar, his hands bound behind him. He wears a loin cloth; his purple robe lying in the foreground. To the left is a man in breeches, his arms raised behind his head to strike with a birch. On the right another man in breeches, his back to us, prepares to swing his whip. A pair of soldiers with a spear and halberd appears in the background and on the far right stands a robed figure in a turban wielding a briar. A birch and whip lie on the floor in the immediate foreground. The bodies are strongly modelled, the colours bright and the faces strongly characterised, all features suggesting the influence of Jan de Caumont. The panel is composed of several irregular pieces, some of which conform to the shapes of different elements in the composition, such as breeches and cloaks. The lead cames correspond largely to these shapes, though some may be mending leads. Several panels constructed in this way from the workshop of Jan de Caumont are in the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

The scene is after Marten de Vos in an engraving by H. Wierix, La Flagellation. The print is inscribed M. de Vos innuen/ Hieronymous Wierix/ fecit 1586 Joannes Baptista/ vrients excud./ 1586. The panel is a close copy although the glass painter has added an additional whip on the ground, some architectural detail to the left to widen the composition, and a face next to the turbaned figure. This is possibly one in a series with CAT. 115, Plaiting the Crown of Thorns on our Lord's head which also has features corresponding to the school of Jan de Caumont. Soane obviously regarded SG115 and SG124 as a pair, installing them together in the front window of his Model Room.

Literature

Marie Mauquoy-Hendrickx, Les Estampes de Wierix. Brussels: Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, 1979
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 266


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