Detail: Left side of the Predella of Ivan Petrov's Polyptych of the Virgin

On the left side of the predella On the far right Christ holds a gospel book open to John 8:12, "Ego sum lux mundi qui seq[uitur me non ambulabit in tenebris]." Second from the right is Peter, identified by his short, square beard.

The beardless figure fourth from the right may be St. John the Evangelist. He holds a scroll that reads et sanctam and beneath it ..em peccatorum. The words come from two phrases in the Nicene Creed: in English "I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church and in one baptism for the remission of sins."

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Photographed at the Franciscan monastery, Zadar, Croatia, by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.