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Panel - St Helen standing with the cross

St Helen standing with the cross

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Cologne (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1650-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr

  • Museum number:

    C.56-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel depicts St Helen. She was the mother of the Emperor Constantine who ended the persecution of Christians in the western lands of the Roman Empire in 313. St Helen is shown here carrying the cross upon which Christ was crucified and also a church.

According to an early legend, St Helen received a vision revealing to her the spot where Christ was buried and where the True Cross was deposited. She ordered an excavation and built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the site.

This panel is part of a window that includes a panel of St Anthony of Padua (Museum no. C.57-1919). Much of the stained glass designed for religious settings was removed from its original location and dispersed. This was often the result of religious and political upheavals.

Physical description

Stained glass panel with a rounded top depicting St. Helen standing with the cross, in her right hand a model of a church, with a yellow stain border and grisaille.

Place of Origin

Cologne (probably, made)

Date

1650-1699 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stained glass

Dimensions

Height: 8.75 in, Width: 6.25 in

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel with a rounded top depicting St. Helen holding the cross and a model of a church, German, probably Cologne, 1650-1699.

Subjects depicted

Cross

Categories

Stained Glass; Religion

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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