Virgin and Child and St Benedict

  Virgin and Child and St Benedict

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1920-1928
Two roundels.

technique: stained glass
size: 25 cm (diameter of each panel) [approx]
artist: Theodore Baily

Caldey Abbey, Caldey Island

The figure of Benedict is robed in a way more characteristic of Orthodox monks than western Catholic religious. The image has many similarities with representations of St John Climacus, a near contemporary of Benedict and revered as one of the founders of eastern monasticism. Baily, himself much influenced by Orthodoxy, seems here to have 'merged' pre-eminent founding fathers of monasticism east and west quite deliberately in his image of Benedict. The figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary also shows the strong influence of Orthodox icons.


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Further reading

Martin Crampin and John Morgan-Guy, Imaging the Bible in Wales (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), Reproduction and Tradition: The Orthodox World.


Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2004), p. 146.

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  Virgin and Child and St Benedict

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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