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Saint Andrew, stained glass panel, German?, early 17th century

Clear glass with brown and black paint, yellow stain on the halo

Height: 214 mm
Width: 114mm

Museum number: SG25

Curatorial note

The bearded Saint stands on a platform before a round-headed niche which is decorated with a cartouche in the spandrel. He twists and looks to his left, supporting his saltire cross and holding a rosary with his right hand. Heavy shadows emphasise the depth of the niche and the deep folds of his garments. The platform floor is inscribed S. Andreas.

Two related panels of St Luke and of the Virgin and Child are in the chapel of Farleigh Hungerford Castle (Somerset) and exhibit similar stances, execution and lettering, and the same decorative features on the spandrels. They are considered by Cole to be German in origin. The strong influence of the Italian early Baroque with its striking effects of light, e.g. the work of Beccafumi, may indicate a south German origin.

Engravings in which a Saint stands before a dark round-headed niche are found in the work of the fifteenth-century German, Israhel van Meckenem (died 1503), and were widely influential.

This is a companion piece to Saint Paul, SG31 and missing panels Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Matthias.


A Description of the Residence of Sir John Soane, Architect. Limited edition published privately, London 1835, In the window [of the Shakespeare Recess] are ten compartments of ancient Painted Glass, among which are the Annunciation, the Prodigal Son, the Raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper, St Peter, St Paul, St Andrew and St Matthias
F. W. H. Hollstein, German Engravings Etchings and Woodcuts 1400-1700. Amsterdam: Riijksmuseum, 1954– XXIV, XXIVA 290, 291
Walter L. Strauss, ed., The Illustrated Bartsch. New York: Abaris Books, 1980 9 76 (227)
William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993 642, 643
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 162

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