Saint John the Evangelist
According to the Golden Legend, the idolatrous priest Aristodemus challenged John theEvangelist: “I will give you poison to drink. If it does you no harm, it will be clear that your master is the true God.’...The apostle took the cup, armed himself with the sign of the cross, drained the drink, and suffered no harm; and all present began to praise God.” Christ’s favorite disciple is seated here in a Gothic chair, his right hand blessing the cup of poison. The drawing presents a figure type found in paintings of the Upper Rhine. Trimmed to form a rectangle, the originally round sheet was probably used as a design for a stained glass roundel.
Upper Rhine (Switzerland)