St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist

Panel
1550-1599 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This panel once formed the top part of a heraldic coat of arms. Only the top part of the arms survives. It shows the crest, the helmet with horns and the cross in between, and the mantling, which is the drapery flowing either side of the helmet.

The two figures represent St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist. St John the Baptist foretold the coming of Christ. Here he holds the small figure of a lamb. This is the Agnus Dei (‘lamb of God’), which represents Christ’s role as the sacrificial lamb which will atone for the sins of mankind. St John the Evangelist holds a chalice. According to legend, St John was given a chalice of poisoned wine. When he blessed it, the poison emerged in the form of a serpent (just visible here) so that he could drink it safely.


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Object Type
Brief Description
Stained Glass semicircular panel depicting a crested helmet and mantling between half figures of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, German, 1550-1599

STG
Physical Description
Stained glass panel, in dark brown and pink enamel with silver yellow stain, depicting a crested helmet with mantling between half figures of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist with a floral diaper in the background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9in
  • Width: 15.125in
  • In wooden frame weight: 1.8kg
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mr Henry Vaughan
Subjects depicted
Summary
This panel once formed the top part of a heraldic coat of arms. Only the top part of the arms survives. It shows the crest, the helmet with horns and the cross in between, and the mantling, which is the drapery flowing either side of the helmet.



The two figures represent St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist. St John the Baptist foretold the coming of Christ. Here he holds the small figure of a lamb. This is the Agnus Dei (‘lamb of God’), which represents Christ’s role as the sacrificial lamb which will atone for the sins of mankind. St John the Evangelist holds a chalice. According to legend, St John was given a chalice of poisoned wine. When he blessed it, the poison emerged in the form of a serpent (just visible here) so that he could drink it safely.
Collection
Accession Number
2307-1900

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record createdMay 8, 2002
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