The Gravensteen at Ghent was the principal domain of the Hapsburgs in South Flanders. These stained-glass panels, thought to have come from this imperial residence, are part of a larger series ordered either by Maximilian I or Charles V. From left to right the arms are those of Maximilian I, Philip the Fair, Charles V, and Henry, count of Nassau.
Inscription: (lower corners) initial M; (border) initial M [4 times]
Marking: Arms (of Maxilimilian I): Or, an eagle sable charged with a shield gules, a fess agrent (Austria); encircled by the Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Crest (on a barred helm): affronté an imperial crown, or; lambriquins of the colors.
Probably from the Gravensteen at Ghent; Roy Grosvenor Thomas, New York and London (until 1937)
Rorimer, James J. "New Acquisitions for the Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 33, no.5, part 2 (May 1938). p. 14, fig. 11.
Steinberg, S. H. "A Flemish Armorial Window." The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 74, no. 434 (May 1939). pp. 218–22, fig. D.
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. 137.