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Saint John the Evangelist

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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...

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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)

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H. E. Bolles Fund

Southern Netherlandish (Tournai?), Medieval (Gothic), about 1440–50


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

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Medium or Technique

Stone; alabaster with polychromy and gilding