Chalice

Artist: Brother Bertinus

Date: 1222

Geography: Made in possibly Meuse Valley, Northern Europe

Culture: Northern European

Medium: Silver and silver gilt

Dimensions: Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (19.1 x 13.7 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1947

Accession Number: 47.101.30

Description

The Latin inscription on the foot of the chalice reads: AD HONOREM B. MARIE VIRGINIS F. BERTINUS ME FECIT Ao MCCXXII (In honor of the Blessed Virgin brother Bertinus made this in the year 1222). The inscription is remarkable because historians of medieval art rarely have the advantage of a date or the name of a patron or maker. It is all the more frustrating, then, that brother Bertinus has not been further identified, and that the place where this chalice was manufactured thus remains unknown. The style, apparent in the richly decorated knop with encircling dragons, is closely related to the metalwork production in the Meuse valley, in present-day Belgium.

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