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Saint Bruno, stained glass panel, after Marten de Vos, Netherlandish or German?, c.1600

Clear glass with brown and black paint and yellow stain, in a narrow yellow stain border

Height: 248mm
Width: 210mm

Museum number: SG75

Curatorial note

Saint Bruno wearing his monk’s habit kneels in prayer before a primitive altar. The panel is after Marten de Vos in an engraving by Johannes Sadeler I and Raphael Sadeler I of 1593-4, Plate 26 from Monumenta.... Anachoretum. The glass painter has abstracted the kneeling figure of Bruno, the primitive altar with its candles and statue of the Virgin and Child, his books, and a lizard, from the print’s elaborate alpine scene. The glass painter has also sketched clouds in the expanse of sky above the figure, producing a rather unbalanced composition overall. The print is inscribed M. de Vos figuravit R. Sadeler fecit.

Scenes from the life of Bruno were popular in southern Germany and the simple monochrome treatment in this panel may indicate a German source under Netherlandish influence. Popham commented, ‘17-cent. Netherlandish’.

Literature

A. E. Popham’s comments are MS notes in pencil held at Sir John Soane’s Museum, c. 1930
The New Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish Etchings Engravings and Woodcuts 1450-1700. Rotterdam: Sound and Vision Publishers, 1993– XLIV, XLV 1020
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 208


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