Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist - Duomo of Lecce

Francesco Saverio Candido (attribution)1700

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Lecce, Italy

Oval painting on canvas with gilded wooden frame in the presbytery of the Duomo of Lecce.
Saint John the Apostle writes on a scroll sustained by an angel who holds the inkwell. In the background, on the right, there is the eagle, attribute of the Evangelist; on the left, an angel offers a prayer and another one holds a chalice from which a snake emerges.
The tradition of the chalice with the snake related to Saint John comes from an anecdote regarding his life: it is said that, while in Ephesus, John was offered a glass of poisoned wine. Before drinking, he blessed the drink and the poison came out of the cup in the form of a green snake.


  • Title: Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist - Duomo of Lecce
  • Creator: Francesco Saverio Candido (attribution)
  • Date Created: 1700
  • Location Created: Lecce, Italy
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: ArtWork scs
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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