St. John with Serpent in Chalice

St. John with Serpent in Chalice

c. 1480-1500

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440-1503)

after Hans Holbein

(German, c. 1465-1524)


Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.991

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs IX.241.286

State: only state



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.

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PR - Engraving
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