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Adoration of the Magi from Seven Scenes from the Life of Christ

Date:
ca. 1390
Geography:
Made in Ebreichsdorf, Lower Austria
Culture:
Austrian
Medium:
Pot-metal and colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain
Dimensions:
4 lancets each: 11 ft. 8 3/4 x 12 1/8 in. (357.5 x 30.8 cm) 27 1/4 x 13 in. (69.2 x 33 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.285.1
  • Description

    This panel which is part of a larger ensemble was commissioned for the private chapel in the castle of Ebreichsdorf, south of Vienna. Originally, there were eighteen scenes, some extending across two lights of the windows. Except for one panel in Vienna, The Cloisters panels are all that survive. The royal atelier responsible for the glass was established in Vienna, where its early work can be seen in the Church of Maria am Gestade, of about 1365, and in the ducal chapel at the Cathedral of Saint Stephen, of about 1395. The elegant figures, richly damascened background, as well as the wealth of detail and the brilliant palette that enrich the settings, are all characteristic of this court workshop.

  • Provenance

    From the Infancy of Christ window, choir of the castle chapel (the Schlobkapelle) at Ebreichsdorf, south of Vienna.; Lolowrat-Liebsteinsky , Ebreichsdorf (1843–73) ; Count Joseph Arco-Zinneberg , Ebreichsdorf (1873–1922) ; [ Duveen Brothers , London, Paris and New York] ; Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice , New York (1923–1957) ; Smithsonian American Art Museum , Washington, DC (1957–1986)

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