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Life of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux: Saint Bernard mediates a dispute between Bishop Stephan von Bar and Duke Matthew von Lothringen in Metz (one of two)

after 1535
German, Cologne
Stained glass
Overall (confirmed, with brass framing): 28 5/8 x 33 3/8 in. (72.7 x 84.8 cm);
Other (brass support extends behind panel): 3/8 in. (1 cm);
Other (thickness of brass framing): 3/8 in. (1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley Mortimer, 1959
Accession Number:
Not on view
From a set of twenty-two windows, each with six scenes devoted to the Life of Saint Bernard, made for the glazed cloister at Altenberg, near Cologne.

Saint Bernard and companion stand in white habits, surrounded by six soldiers on an island. In the yellow background is the town of Metz at left, cavalry and infantry in battle at right. The whole is framed by arch on columns.
Inscription: Inscribed at upper left: METS [Metz]

Inscribed at bottom: METENSES INTER MONTIS FRIGIDI ET MOSELLAE A[M]NIS ANGUSTIAS CONCLUSI / AB [H]O[ST]E CEDUNTU[R] TANDE[M] PII PATRIS BERNHARDI OPER[A] INSULA [Q(UA)]DA(M) DATIS I(N)VICE(M) DEXTRIS/ RECONSILIANTIB(U) [trans.: The Metenses [the people of Metz] were surrounded by their enemies in the narrows between Froimont and the Moselle river. At last, thanks to the works of the pious Father Bernard, they shook hands on an island and were reconciled.]

Inscribed on reverse four times: no. 84
Johann Heinrich Pleunissen , Cologne (1806–10; bequeathed to daughter M. Hirn) ; Maria Franziska Hirn (1810–24; sold to Royal Collection, Berlin) ; Hohenzollern coll., Schloß Berlin (1824–1910; sold New York) ; William Randolph Hearst (1910–51) ; Stanley Mortimer (until 1959; to MMA)
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