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Scene from the life of Saint Teresa: she presents the injured babe, stained glass panel, after Adriaen Collaert, Netherlandish or German? said to come from Cologne, 17th century

Clear glass with brown paint

Height: 460mm
Width: 565mm

Museum number: SG91

Curatorial note

The scene refers to an incident which occurred during the building of St Teresa’s first convent, when a wall had collapsed, injuring workmen and a baby. The Saint kneels at an altar table before a crucifix and holds the injured babe in her hands. The child's mother kneels in prayer behind her accompanied by two women. On the altar, at right in the print, are a rosary and a closed book. At the rear are a doorway and a curtained bed.

In the print on which the composition is based, a man crushed by fallen masonry and another who calls for help can be seen through the doorway. The engraving, inscribed Adrian.Collaert sculp., is Plate 15 from Vita S. Virginis Teresiae by Adriaen Collaert in an engraving by Johannes Galle of 1630. The engraved verse reads: Dum Deo properat ad primi monastery constuctionem, consobrinum infantulum, parietis ruina suffocatum, fiducia exuberans Virgo, Deo Suppliciter commendat: mox vitae reddit, et charo pignore moestam matrem solatur.

SG61, SG63, SG65, SG67, SG68, SG86 and SG110 are a set of scenes based on the Collaert drawings but unlike the others this panel is of a different shape and does not include the inscription from the engraving quoted above.

Literature

The complete series of 24 plates in the Witt Print Collection is dated 1630 on the title page
F. W. H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmusem, 1949– IV, Adriaen Collaert, 230-248, lists nineteen plates and a frontispiece dated 1613
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 226


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