Saint John the Evangelist (from the church of Saint Martin of Angers) Artist: Unknown

ca. 1185–95

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Polychrome limestone


188 × 48.2 × 38.1 cm, 861.83 kg (74 × 19 × 15 in., 1900 lb.)

Credit Line

Gift of Maitland F. Griggs, B.A. 1896

Accession Number



12th century


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Church of Saint-Martin at Angers (under the vaults in the east end of the church until June 1925); Maitland F. Griggs Collection, New York.
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 84–85, fig. 76
  • Dorothy Gillerman, Gothic Sculpture in America: The New England Museums, 1 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1989), 310–14, no. 232, ill
  • Katherine Neilson and Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), no. 117, ill
  • Konrad Hoffmann, The Year 1200: A Centennial Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 12 through May 10, 1970, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970), 6–7, no. 8, ill
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"The inscription identifying [this] apostle appears on the flattened band around the edge of his nimbus. Two layers of paint and two types of lettering occur. They differ from each other and from St. Andrew's label in their characters as well as their color. On the left, Greek letters applied in black paint, now flaked and eroded, seem to belong to the first layer of paint. the abbreviation or monogram of St. John the Apostle used before and during the twelfth century in Byzantine art can be reconstructed from the remnants. The abbreviation, OAIW, stands for "The Holy-Ioannes-of-God," or Saint John the apostle."

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