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Roundel with the Temptation of Saint Anthony

Date:
1532
Geography:
Made in Swabia
Culture:
German
Medium:
Colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.433.5
  • Description

    Saint Anthony Abbot's test of faith at the hands of a clutch of demons is represented here in a charming, if somewhat naive, Late Gothic style. Dressed as an abbot, the saint holds a crosier, which terminates in a tau cross and a mendicant's bell; he is surrounded by fantastical beasts. The inscription suggests that the roundel was a donation by a local priest, who kneels before the saint next to his coat of arms.

    This roundel is stylistically consistent with other works known to have originated in southern Germany. The inscription names the village of Kappel and its priest in 1532.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [around the border] Martinus Widman Pfarrer Cappel 1532 (Martin Widman parish vicar at Kappel 1532); [dated bottom right] 1532

  • Provenance

    Bacri Frères , Paris ; Michel Acézat , Paris ; [ Hôtel Drouot , Paris (November 24-25, 1969, lot 39) ] ; [ Galerie für Glasmalerei , Munich (sold 1982)]

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