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The Last Judgement, stained glass panel, Swiss, c.1600

Clear glass with brown paint, yellow stain, dark blue and green enamels.

Height: 300mm, approximate
Width: 260mm, approximate

Museum number: SG22

Curatorial note

One of only two Swiss panels in the collection, this is a companion piece to The Creation, SG18. The bright enamels, the framing with richly garlanded bulbous classical columns and the crowded composition are typical of Swiss work of this period. A number of panel sections are leaded together. The lower figure of a standing angel, shown separating the blessed from the damned consumed by flames, is taken from Marten de Vos in an engraving by G. de Jode entitled The Separation of the Sheep from the Goats and the Last Judgement. At the top, God the Father is seen in a sunburst and below him is Christ in judgement; both are surrounded by Saints and Martyrs. Below them, angels sound the Last Trumpet.

Literature

A Description of the Residence of Sir John Soane, Architect. Limited edition published privately, London 1835 pp.7-8: The window in the north end of this room is enriched with Scriptural subjects on glass, among which are the Creation of the World and the Day of Judgement. These works are very ancient and in excellent preservation.
F. W. H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmusem, 1949– .
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 151, 158-159


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