When you compared the two, they don't look much alike. However, the sketch was made while St. John was in better health, and depictions of the saint sometimes portray him as a "cardinal with worn, haggard features," as Catholic Forum
This is a picture of the larger window that the detail was taken from, along with the two adjourning windows.
The cathedral is full of beautiful stained glass.
St Michael the Archangel, St Thomas of Villanova, St Mary Magdalene and St Elizabeth of Hungary
posted on 06/23/2006 11:59:04 AM PDT
("If you wish to go to extremes, let it be in... patience, humility, & charity." -St. Philip Neri)
I would say the sketch was made when St. John was in far worse health! But he practiced extreme mortification for most of his life, and apparently that gaunt appearance was normal for him. When he was executed, his enemies headed straight for a chest that he had never let anyone see inside, hoping to find a great treasure - inside were a scourge, and a hair shirt, much mended.
It wasn't so much that the stained glass window made him look too young, and too healthy, but that the features don't match up. St. John has a very distinctive and unforgettable face.
posted on 06/23/2006 12:19:59 PM PDT
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