Plaque with the Pentecost

South Netherlandish

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14

The Acts of the Apostles recounts how they were infused with the Holy Spirit fifty days after Easter, an event celebrated by the feast of Pentecost. In this plaque, the use of gilding and of enamel over metal foil creates a shimmery effect appropriate to this mystical scene. Along with others of the same dimensions— including three in the main building of the Metropolitan Museum—it once decorated an imposing church furnishing, such as an altar, candlestick, or large cross.

#56. Plaque with the Pentecost

Plaque with the Pentecost, Champlevé and translucent enamel on copper gilt, South Netherlandish

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