Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Playing at Quintain, ca. 1500
    French (Paris?)
    Colorless glass, silver stain, and vitreous paint; Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
    The Cloisters Collection, 1980 (1980.223.6)

    Quintain originally was a tilting exercise in which a dummy or other target was employed by knights in training for the joust. Balance quintain was a variation to amuse those of a lower station: a seated man held up one leg, placing his foot against the foot of a standing man; one person then tried to upend the other. By the fifteenth century, balance quintain was often played as a courting game, as is depicted here. In the later Middle Ages, stained-glass roundels often decorated the windows of affluent burghers' houses in cities of northwestern Europe.

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  • Playing at Quintain, ca. 1500
    French (Paris?)
    Colorless glass, silver stain, and vitreous paint; Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
    The Cloisters Collection, 1980 (1980.223.6)

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