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Saint Philip baptising the Eunuch, stained glass ovall, after Maarten van Heemskerck, Netherlandish, c.1600

Clear glass with brown paint, yellow stain. Red and much blue and green enamel

Height: 275mm
Width: 238mm

Museum number: SG130

Curatorial note

The Eunuch kneels on a stone by a stream. St Philip bends over him, balancing on two rocks, and cups his hands over the Eunuch's head. In the background are a boat, a bridge leading to a hill with an arch and a town.

The panel is after Maarten van Heemskerck, Plate 14 from a series of sixteen 'Acts of the Apostles I' dated 1575, engraved by Philips Galle and published by Johannes Galle. The original drawing, dated 1572, is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. The glass painter has abstracted the two main figures and part of the landscape, including the castle in the far distance, as well as the rocks on which the figures stand. Other features, including an elaborate carriage carrying the Eunuch which appears crossing a bridge to the left and again to the right, are omitted, while an arch and shrubbery have been inserted on the hill to the right.

Literature

Walter L. Strauss, ed., The Illustrated Bartsch. New York: Abaris, Books, 1980
The New Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish Etchings Engravings and Woodcuts 1450-1700. Rotterdam: Sound and Vision Publishers, 1993–1994, II, 406, II, 406
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 275


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