MEMLING, Hans
(b. ca. 1440, Seligenstadt, d. 1494, Bruges)

St John and Veronica Diptych (reverse of the right wing)

c. 1483
Oil on wood, 31,6 x 24,4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

The gold chalice with a serpent on the reverse side of the right wing is a symbol of redemption referring to the legend of St John the Evangelist who, ordered to drink a cup of poisoned wine, made the sign of blessing, and the venom was miraculously drawn from the liquid.

The inner side of the panel represents St Veronica.




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