The Mater Dolorosa

Artist:
Lautenbach Master (German, active late 15th century)
Artist:
Circle of Peter Hemmel von Andlau (Strassburger Werkstattgemeinschaft) (active Southern and Central Germany, ca. 1470–1500)
Date:
ca. 1480
Geography:
Made in Swabia, Germany
Culture:
South German
Medium:
Pot-metal glass and colorless glass, silver stain, and vitreous paint
Dimensions:
19 5/8 x 16 3/8 in. (49.8 x 41.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.215.2
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 19
Christ's mourning mother (Mater dolorosa) stands within a lush network of leafy branches known as Astwerk, a translation of architectural canopies and tracery into a vegetal vocabulary. Among the most innovative artists of the late fifteenth century, Peter Hemmel and the group of stainedglass painters he worked with known as the Strasbourg Workshop Cooperative executed glazing programs throughout southern Germany and into Austria. The panels is in superb condition.

See also acc. no. 1998.215.1
From the library, subsequently chapterhouse, of the cathedral of Constance; Bodmer family (1912-1997) ; [ Gallery Barbara Giesicke German, Badenweiler, Germany (sold 1998)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1998-1999." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57, no. 2 (Fall 1999). pp. 20-21.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 231, pp. 190–91.

Carboni, Stefano, and Timothy B. Husband. "Ars Vitraria: Glass in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Medieval Art and the Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 59, no. 1 (Summer 2001). p. 39.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 115, pp. 158, 199.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 166.