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Saint John the Evangelist

Image credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This originally formed the right panel of three – a triptych. The others would have shown the dead Christ in the centre, with the grieving Virgin Mary to the left. Saint John’s sorrow was a reaction to Christ’s crucifixion. The panels could be folded up and used as a private and portable devotional aid on journeys. Martini dated the work on the original frame. There is no signature, but the refined use of colour, the elegant borders to the drapery and the fine decoration in the gilding are characteristic of this innovative artist.

Saint John the Evangelist




tempera on wood


H 41.7 x W 30.3 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1938

Work type


Inscription description

Inscribed: Anno. dñi. M.CCC.XX


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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