Stained Glass Panel with Saint Roch, the van Merle Family Arms and a Donor

Date:
16th century
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Pot metal, white glass, vitreous paint, silver stain
Dimensions:
Overall (with 2 T-bars): 82 7/8 x 29 5/16 x 3/8 in. (210.5 x 74.5 x 0.9 cm)
installation opening: 80 3/4 x 28 3/4 in. (205.1 x 73 cm)
a: 33 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 3/8 in. (84.5 x 74.3 x 0.9 cm)
b: 34 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 3/8 in. (87 x 74.3 x 0.9 cm)
c: 14 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 3/8 in. (36.2 x 74.3 x 1 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
Gift of Duveen Brothers, 1912
Accession Number:
12.216a–c
Not on view
It is possible this striking panel is a posthumous representation of Gudula van Merle, who died of the plague in 1502. St. Roch, the pilgrim saint invoked against this terrible disease, stands behind her. The shape of the panel suggests it originally was part of the glazing in the familly's private chapel
Inscription: Scs Rochus Cofessor
[ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (sold 1912)]
Caviness, Madeline H., ed. Stained Glass Before 1700 in American Collections: New England and New York (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist I). Studies in the History of Art, Vol. 15. Washington, D.C.: National Art Gallery, 1985. p. 140.