St. John with Serpent in Chalice

St. John with Serpent in Chalice

Date unknown

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440-1503)

Engraving

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.991

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs IX.241.286

State: only state

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Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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