Saint John the Evangelist

Southern Netherlandish (Tournai?)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1440–50
Unidentified artist (Swedish)


Dimensions

32.1 x 9.5 x 7.9 cm (12 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

50.3228

Medium or Technique

Stone; alabaster with polychromy and gilding

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

This sculpture of Saint John, identified by the chalice he holds, was part of a larger ensemble of the four evangelists or the twelve apostles, possibly set into a small altarpiece. The exquisite carving of the hair, face, and drapery is enhanced by a delicate application of paint, creating an engaging naturalism.

Provenance

1950, consigned by A. M. Adler, New York, to Raphael Stora, New York; 1950, sold by Stora to the MFA for $420. (Accession Date: October 10, 1950)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund