St. Anastasius

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Object Name: 
Wall Panel
St. Anastasius
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 46.6 cm, W: 60.3 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Here, a traditional religious subject, the depiction of a saint, is given a contemporary treatment. The simple figures and awkward composition relate this work to that of painters such as Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miró, who were inspired by children’s art. Saint Anastasius was a Persian magician who converted to Christianity and became a monk. While traveling in Turkey, he was captured by the Persians. Refusing to renounce Christianity, Anastasius was strangled in 628. His body was thrown to the dogs, but they left it untouched.
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead sheet glass, translucent blue, brown, amber, orange, opaque black, glass enamels, lustres and silver stain, lead came, wood frame; cut from enameled, lustred, and silver stained sheet glass, assembled, brushed with brown enamel, fired, final assembly with lead. Horizontal rectangular panel with overall painterly effect and loose brushwork; background of small squares forming a grid of stained mottled blue/gray/brown, foreground depicts at left a narrow vertical section of brown extending from base of panel to top butted up to a large vertical white rectangle (enamel treatment creating frosted appearance) with top side angling up toward right, to the right and resting on base line a stylized whitish figure with halo, arms crossed in front, appearing bound, legs bent upward from waist at right angle closely placed to hind legs of a small horse with yellow and light orange stained body rearing up on back legs, tail extended over figure, facing right edge of panel; overall brushed black details; wide wooden frame stained black.
Of Coloured Light
Rufford Craft Centre 1993 through 1993
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 22, 134-135 (fig. 36, plate 43); BIB# 107478
Recent Important Acquisitions, 37 (1995) illustrated, pp. 124-125, #59; BIB# AI36371
New Glass Review, 14 (1993) illustrated, p. 24, #64;
St. Anastasius (1992) illustrated BIB# 108536