The Baptism of Christ
detail from The Virgin and Child with Annunciation, Visitation, Baptism of Christ and Resurrection

  The Baptism of Christ    detail from    The Virgin and Child with Annunciation, Visitation, Baptism of Christ and Resurrection

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1920

Carved, wooden reredos with hinged wings.

medium: wood
technique: carved
size: 370 cm (width)
designer: John Coates Carter

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire
east wall of the chancel

Inscription: A Virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel.
Dedication: To the glory of God a thank offering for the safe return of all the men of the parish from the Great War 1914-18.


The depictions of the Annunciation, Visitation and Baptism are conventional compositions, but for the Resurrection Carter has departed from the Biblical narrative, and chosen instead to show the early tradition that the Risen Christ appeared first to His mother. The composition shows the standing figure of the Lord and Mary in the same posture of prayer that she familiarly adopts in images of the Annunciation. Thus Carter, by this 'balance' reaches to the very heart of the doctrine of the Incarnation. An interesting comparison with Esmalte Limosino's painting of the same subject, in the Museo Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Oporto, Portugal - which is wrongly designated 'Anunciacao'. It also closely matches a depiction of the same scene from the early-sixteenth century glass at Fairford, Gloucestershire.



 

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Further reading

Martin Crampin, 'Biblical Art from Wales: The Mediaeval Influence' in Biblical Art from Wales (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), p. 131.

Sarah Boss, 'Biblical images of Mary in the visual tradition of Wales' in Imaging the Bible: An Introduction to Biblical Art (London: SPCK, 2008), pp. 175-8, 184-5.

References

Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2004), p. 227.




Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales


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