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Saint John the Baptist baptises Christ, stained glass panel, Netherlandish or German?, c.1600

Clear glass with brown paint

Height: 266mm
Width: 213mm

Museum number: SG132

Curatorial note

Christ, wearing a loin cloth, kneels with arms crossed before St John, who also wears a loincloth. The Baptist stands holding a staff, his right hand raised towards a vision of the Dove of the Holy Spirit surrounded by clouds and cherubs in radiance. Behind him a multitude watch, including an angel. In the background are distant trees and buildings.

The panel is after an original engraving by Anthony Wierix, the print inscribed A. W. inuent. et excud. # Iac d Weert sculp. The glass painting is a very close copy. Although the source is Netherlandish, the monochromatic paint and painting style is close to the German panel of Saint Judasius, SG73. A similar setting, but with differing positions of the heads, is in a print after M. de Vos, engraved by A. Wierix and published by G. de Jode.

Literature

Marie Mauquoy-Hendrickx, Les Estampes de Wierix. Brussels: Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, 1979 I, 268
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 278


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