Woman Dispensing Poison from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris
Made in Paris, France
Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint
Overall: 25 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (63.8 x 40 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1973
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)]
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