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Scene from the life of Saint Joducus, stained glass panel, after Marten de Vos, German, Rhineland, c.1600

Clear glass with black and brown paint. Details have been quite roughly scratched through the matt of paint

Height: 226mm
Width: 180mm

Museum number: SG73

Curatorial note

The kneeling Saint Joducus is sheltered by a primitive hut. He holds an open book in one hand and a cross in the other, while before him stands an altar with a statue of a saint and a candle. Across a stream and a simple bridge is a similar rustic shrine set in woodland, with a lion walking nearby. A Netherlandish design was used as a source for this German panel.

The design is after Marten de Vos, in an engraving by Raphael Sadeler I, published by Jan Sadeler and dated 1598, Plate 10 of Trophaeum Vitae Solitariae. The print is inscribed: Anglica regna Patris fugiens IODOCUS in antris/ Extruxit propria bina Sacella manu:/ Obitnuit fontem precibus, Dominique potentam/ Vidit adesse manu, dum sacra rite tulit. The glass painter has cropped two huts from the scene on the left side and slightly on the right side, and the scene is slightly compressed laterally. A crown and sceptre, lying in front of the kneeling Saint, have been added together with the lion. The base of the panel is inscribed S. Iodacus. In Der Wusten Einsedeler St Joducus, Hermit in the Desert. (Transcription and translation provided by Paul Sharpling, because of legibility problems this is tentative). Popham described the panel as 'Netherlandish ca. 1600' based, no doubt, on the Netherlandish print source, but the dark unrelieved paint and the inscription point to a North German origin, probably Cologne, which was then under Netherlandish influence.

Literature

F. W. H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmusem, 1949– Raphael Sadeler 133-144 and Jan Sadeler 423-436
The New Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish Etchings Engravings and Woodcuts 1450-1700. Rotterdam: Sound and Vision Publishers, 1993– LII 33 - III (54)
The New Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish Etchings Engravings and Woodcuts 1450-1700. Rotterdam: Sound and Vision Publishers, 1993– XLIV, XLV 1034
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 202-203


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