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Shrine

Matthias Walbaum (Kiel, Germany 1554–1632 Augsburg, active Augsburg 1579–1632)

Artist:
Miniatures by Anton Mozart (German, Augsburg 1573–1625 Augsburg)
Date:
1598–1600
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Ebony, silver, silver gilt, gouache on parchment
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 16 15/16 x W. 7 1/4 x D. 4 1/8 in. (43 x 18.4 x 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.823
  • Description

    Matthias Walbaum was one of the best goldsmiths in sixteenth-century Augsburg, and elaborate shrines of an almost neo-Gothic character were the specialty of his workshop. This jewel-like example, in the form of a triptych, documents episodes from the New Testament in hierarchical order. Atop the shrine is a Visitation scene with figures of Saints Anne and Elizabeth and an announcing angel. On the front of the doors are silver figures enacting the Annunciation. The doors open into a miniature triptych painted in gouache by Anton Mozart, with the Nativity at the center, the Presentation on the right wing, and the Circumcision on the left. A tiny panel illustrating the Flight into Egypt forms the predella. On the stem of the shrine a Christ in silver bears his cross to Calvary; beneath, his collapsed figure hangs from his mother's arms in a Pietà. On the four sides of the base, the Evangelists, identified by their attributes, record the events pictured above.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: [on central panel]: A M f 98 [Anton Mozart fecit 1598]

    Marking: On back of finial piece, at base:
    [1] flower within a shield (maker's mark of Matthias Walbaum);
    [2] pine cone (Augsburg town mark)

  • Provenance

    Mr. Eugen Gutmann , Berlin (by 1907) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York and London (until 1913) ; by descent, J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (1913–17; to MMA)

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