May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008

Saint John the Evangelist

Saint John the Evangelist

1450–1475

Gilt bronze or brass

Without base: 29.9 x 11.8 cm (11 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.315

Description

The saint holds the legendary chalice, a poisoned cup, from which emerges a dragon, representing the serpent (Satan), recalling the incident in which John was forced to drink poison to test the power of his faith. John survived the test unharmed. It has been suggested that this statuette derives from a large multitiered baptismal font with niche figures in the Church of Notre-Dame in the town of Hal.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Gothic
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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