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Adoration of the Shepherds and Adoration of the Magi

Date:
probably ca. 1480–90, 19th century frame
Culture:
Italian, Lombardy, Milan or Ferrara
Medium:
Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; silver-gilt frame
Dimensions:
Each: H. 3 3/8 x W. 4 1/8 in. (8.6 x 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.705
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
The technique of enamel painting is thought to have been introduced into Lombardy between 1470 and 1480. The style here is close to that of several miniature painters who worked for the Milanese ducal court of the Sforza. The frame is a sixteenth-century addition.
A. Tollin (until 1897; his sale, Salle George Petit, Paris, 1897) ; John Edward Taylor , London (until 1912; his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London , 1912, no. 237); Benjamin Altman , New York (until 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
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