Quatrefoil Roundel with Arms and Secular Scenes


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 13

In the center of this panel are the imperial arms of Austria. The scenes in the quatrefoil represent a variety of secular vignettes. These scenes may signify a tournament masquerade of the type held in Nuremberg before Lent, which would explain the presence of fools, feasts, and lovers. Such imagery was understood as social satire in late medieval art. The number of similar quatrefoil panels that have survived suggests considerable popularity. The origin of the designs is uncertain, but many copies and variations were made in several Nuremberg, workshops, including that of Albrecht Dürer.

#43. Quatrefoil Panel with Coat of Arms and Secular Scenes

Quatrefoil Roundel with Arms and Secular Scenes, Pot-metal glass, white glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain, German

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