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Saint John Writes His Gospel, from the series Thesaurus novi Testamenti elegantissimis iconibus expressus continens historias atque miracula doni nostri Iesu Christi, 1585

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 207 x 260 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LL-3

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The evangelist John sits on the ground under a tree, a thick book on his lap. In his right hand he holds a quill which he dips into the inkwell, held by the eagle, his attribute. In the background on the right, Christ as the good shepherd can be seen; behind on the left, Christ's baptism in the Jordan. Below the scene is a two-line text in Latin.


Johannes Wierix RKD
Antwerp 1549 - Brussels ca. 1620
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Gerard de Jode RKD
Nijmegen ca. 1516 - 1517 - Antwerp 1591

Title Saint John Writes His Gospel, from the series Thesaurus novi Testamenti elegantissimis iconibus expressus continens historias atque miracula doni nostri Iesu Christi
Date 1585
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Ut genus omne avium [...] per vaga carpit iter
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: sic superat scriptis [...] carne fuisse refert.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: S. Ioannes
stamps (tools) reverse, centre below: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LL-3
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
300263554 animal paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H(JOHN THE BAPTIST) John the Baptist; possible attributes: book, reed cross, baptismal cup, honeycomb, lamb, staff Iconclass
11H(JOHN) the apostle John the Evangelist; possible attributes: book, cauldron, chalice with snake, eagle, palm, scroll Iconclass
11H(JOHN)12 St. John the Evangelist writing the Gospel, usually the eagle present Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F33(EAGLE) predatory birds: eagle Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
49L511 quill Iconclass
49L6 writing accessories Iconclass
49L62 ink-well Iconclass
49M32 book Iconclass
61D(RIVER JORDAN) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (RIVER JORDAN) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C12 John the Baptist baptizing Iconclass
73C121 baptism of Christ in the river Jordan: John the Baptist pouring out water on Christ's head: the Holy Ghost descends Iconclass
73C822 the lost sheep sought and found by the shepherd ~ parable of the good shepherd (Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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