Jul 21, 2006
Jul 21, 2006

St. John with Serpent in Chalice

St. John with Serpent in Chalice

c. 1480–1500

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440–1503)

after Hans Holbein

(German, c. 1465–1524)


Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.991

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs IX.241.286

State: only state



According to legend, John the Evangelist was given a cup of poisoned wine that he drank without harm. As emblems of the tale, John’s chalice symbolizes the Christian faith prevailing over death, signified by the serpent. As a print, Meckenem's representation of Saint John like a sculpture in an architectural niche made it possible for more people to personally own a religious image that they might otherwise only have seen at a church.

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PR - Engraving
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