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Casket with Romance Scenes
Leaf from a Diptych with the Adoration of the Magi
Central Portion from a Triptych with the Crucifixion and Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child
Plaque with the Descent from the Cross
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 304
Portable ivory shrines may have facilitated the transmission of style and composition throughout medieval Europe. This miniature example echoes larger altarpieces or tabernacles, such as those from the abbey church of Saint-Denis outside Paris and the cathedral at Pisa. Images of the Crucifixion and the Glorification of the Virgin are the central focus. The figures are flanked by the personifications Church and Synagogue (above) and by Saints Paul and Peter (below).
Michel Boy (b. 1845), Paris; Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris (sold 1893); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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