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Woman Dispensing Poison from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris

Date:
1245–47
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (63.8 x 40 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.262.2
  • Description

    This panel is one of two scenes from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris. Here
    the woman carrying flasks is part of a sequence recounting an attempt to poison the youthful Germain, who became bishop of Paris in the sixth century. The figure dominates the composition, fully commanding the dark blue ground against which she is placed. Details of the setting are minimal, lending a sense of the otherworldly to the vision, and forms are suggested by color masses, contrast of tone, and painted line.

  • Provenance

    From the former Lady Chapel of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann , Paris and New York (sold 1973)]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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