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Panel (part of a set)

Maker:
Nicolas Castille (active 1503–21)
Date:
ca. 1510
Culture:
French
Medium:
Carved oak
Dimensions:
23 x 9 1/4 in. (58.4 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.494a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
The panels’ decorations, which include putti holding heraldic shields or strings of beads, floral scrolls, masks, and fabulous creatures, correspond to French adaptations of Italian motifs derived from prints and other sources. The portraits represent the donor, Georges d’Amboise (1460–1510), in his cardinal’s hat and cloak and Louis XII (1462–1515; ruled 1498–1515) surrounded by a wreath topped by a porcupine, a symbol of the monarch’s courage and ability to defend his kingdom. These panels and the ones displayed nearby are from the now-destroyed chapel of Cardinal d’Amboise’s château de Gaillon.
Inscription: In rectangular reserve: ADRIANVS AVG (Hadrian Augustus); on either side of head of Hadrian: S C (Senatus Consultus)
Cardinal Georges d'Amboise , Paris ; M.B. Hochon , Paris (until 1903) ; George and Florence Blumenthal , New York (before 1927–41)
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