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Persecution of the servants of Christ? stained glass panel, Netherlandish, 17th century

Clear glass with brown and grey paint, yellow stain and pale blue, purple, green and pale red enamels. The panel is set in grey-brown painted glass with scroll decoration

Height: 270mm
Weight: 210mm

Museum number: SG19

Curatorial note

Two men, barefoot and naked to the waist, are beaten by two others wielding birches. They stand before a dignitary or magistrate, wearing a purple gown and blue cap, who is emerging from an archway. A crowd of men look on from the rear. The buildings of a fortified town are visible in the distance.

This panel forms a set with a similar scene showing the birching of two men before Caiaphas, SG21, and a third panel, Christ before Pilate, SG20, presumably from a series concerned with the events surrounding Christ’s arrest. All three of these panels feature pale enamels, very different from the intense colour of the adjacent Swiss panels, SG18 and SG22.

Literature

Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 154-155


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