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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
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
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.
From the former Lady Chapel of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York (sold 1973)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 162.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki: Iz sobraniĭ muze︠i︡a Metropoliten, Nʹ︠i︡u Ĭork i Khudozhestvennogo Instituta, Chikago. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 39, p. 11.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 39, pp. 84-85.

Shepard, Mary B. "The St. Germain Windows from the Thirteenth-Century Lady Chapel at Saint-Germain-de-Prés." In The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary, edited by Elizabeth C. Parker. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. pp. 283-301, fig. 1, pl. 5.

Hayward, Jane. English and French Medieval Stained Glass in The Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Volume 1, edited by Mary B. Shepard, and Cynthia Clark. Corpus Vitrearum USA, Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003. no. 39-40, pp. 179-185, fig. 39-40.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 45, pp. 81, 195.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 78.



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