Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Bishop of Assisi Giving a Palm to Saint Clare

Date:
ca. 1360
Geography:
Made in Nuremberg, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Tempera and gold on oak panel
Dimensions:
13 5/16 × 8 9/16 × 3/16 in. (33.8 × 21.7 × 0.45 cm)
Classification:
Paintings-Panels
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.343
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
This panel comes from an altarpiece devoted to the life of Saint Clare and made for the convent of the Poor Clares in either Nuremberg or Bamberg. The order was founded in 1212, with the help of Saint Francis of Assisi, depicted here on the left.

The figures stand out against a delicately tooled background. Animated gestures, rich textures, and a limited range of colors provide dramatic emphasis.
Inscription: inscribed on the book: "eto/mes/ fid/eles" (behold my faithful)
Probably from the convent of the Poor Clares, Nuremberg; Baron Robert von Hirsch 1883–1977, Frankfurt and Basel (before 1931–1978) ; [ his estate sale, Sotheby's, London(June 21, 1978, lot 117) ] ; [ Thomas Agnew & Sons, London (sold 1984)]
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Lutze, Eberhard, and Ernst Heinrich Zimmermann, ed. "Nürnberger Malerei, 1350-1450." Anzeiger des Germanischen Nationalmuseums (1932). pp. 10, 24-25, 50, pl. 35.

Stange, Alfred, and Deutscher Kunstverlag. Deutsche Malerei der Gotik: Volume 1, Die Zeit von 1250 bis 1350. Vol. 1. Berlin, 1934. pp. 201-203, pl. 210.

Lutze, Eberhard, and Eberhard Wiegand, ed. Die Gemälde des 13. bis 16. Jahrhunderts. Nuremberg: Germanisches National Museum, Nürnberg, 1936. 116.

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Baetjer, Katharine. European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born in or before 1895: A summary catalogue. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. p. 212.

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Marincola, Michele. "Riemenschneider's Use of the Decorative Punch in Unpolychromed Sculpture." In Tilman Riemenschneider, c. 1460-1531. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2004. p. 140, fig. 16.

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