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Panel - St Barbara receiving instruction from one of Origen's disciples
  • St Barbara receiving instruction from one of Origen's disciples
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St Barbara receiving instruction from one of Origen's disciples

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1599 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by E.E. Cook Esquire.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel shows St Barbara discoursing with the great theologian Origen. St Barbara was one of the early martyr saints. She is described as the daughter of a rich nobleman of Asia Minor who kept her locked up in a tower and she is usually depicted with this identifying symbol. She was probably killed in the imperial persecution of Emperor Decius (249-251). Her legend does not appear in writing until the 7th century.

Origen was born in Alexandria, where he established a school of learning which remained famous throughout the Middle Ages. He was persecuted during the purges of Christians and their faith by Decius in 250 and died a few years later. A Coptic (Egyptian Christian) legend associates St Barbara with Origen.

Physical description

Stained glass panel in blue, white, green, purple, brown with grisaille and yellow stain depicting St. Barbara receiving instruction from one of Origen's disciples in the mysteries of the Christian religion inscribed below "IGNATIUS ET VIRGO BARBARA...SUA ITERSE MYSTERIA CONFERSAT".

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1500-1599 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stained glass


Height: 26 in, Width: 23 in, Weight: 6.2 kg in wooden frame with C.234-1928

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel depicting St. Barbara being taught the mysteries of the Christian religion, German, 1500-1599.

Subjects depicted

Christianity; Curtain; Column; Halo; Leaf


Stained Glass; Christianity


Ceramics Collection

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