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The Suicide of Charondas of Catanea

Photo credit: The Stained Glass Museum

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Charondas of Catanea is reported to have broken his own laws and then killed himself. Roman authors used this story to illustrate themes of Justice. Executed in paint and silver stain, this panel is thought to have been copied after Dirck Vellert (1480–1547), one of Antwerp's foremost glass designers. Many thousands of roundels were produced in Belgium in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, prized more for their skilful execution than for the value of the materials from which they were made. Their small size and exquisite detail made them popular with English collectors of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Stained Glass Museum



The Suicide of Charondas of Catanea




stained glass


H 20 x W 20 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

gift, 1992

Work type

Stained glass


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