Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Life of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux: Saint Bernard exhorts the sick in body to enter his church with their spirits, in doing so returning to find their infirmities healed (one of two)

Designer:
Design attributed to Master of Saint Severin (German, active ca. 1485–1515)
Date:
after 1535
Culture:
German, Cologne
Medium:
Stained glass
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed, irregular width): 28 1/16 x 34 7/16 in. (lower edge) or 33 3/4 in. (upper edge). (71.3 x 87.5 or 85.7 cm); Other (thickness of brass framing): 3/8 in. (1 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley Mortimer, 1959
Accession Number:
59.183.2
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 with Clergy and Scholars. The abbot invited a multitude of people to enter his church in spirit, but leaving their bodies behind. Faith would miraculously heal their spirits and mend their infirm bodies.

The clergy stand in front of the church; Saint Bernard is in the portal with an inscribed scroll above and to left of his head; behind him stands an attendant with pastoral staff. To the left are two patricians, followed by two monks in brown robes, and four others; at right, three nobles, first in blue, second in red and yellow, with six attendants. The background and the church are in white and beige. The whole scene is set within a foliate arch on columns.
Inscription: Inscribed in banderole: Si ad ea q(uae) in[t]us su(n)t festinatis hic foras dimit(ti)te corp(or)a q(ue) de s[...] attulistis. soli sp(irit)us ingredia(n)tur na(m) caro no(n) prodest quicqua(m) [trans.: If you would like to enter into religion, leave out there the body that you have taken from the world, and join those here within, let the spirit enter only, for the flesh profiteth no thing.]

Inscribed along bottom: CONSTITVTUS IN DESIDERIO SPO (?)ATIS .....RINTVS...ABIANDARU(?) VIDIT UNDIQUE VICINIS MONTIBUS ......VIR................/ ET CONDITIONIS HOMINEM MULTITUDINE I INFERIORE VALLE DESIDERERE UT VALLE IPSAM CAPUIT..........

Inscribed several times in pencil on back, and scratched in panel at lower left: no. 67
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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