Eglomisé Plaque with Saint John the Baptist

Italian (Venice ?)
Medieval
last third of 13th century


Object Place: Europe, Venice (?), Italy

Dimensions

3.7 x 3.3 cm (1 7/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1974.481

Medium or Technique

Glass with gold leaf and paint

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Glass

One of two clear glass plaques decorated on the back with half-length figures in three-quarter view. The figures, borders, and roundels containing inscriptions are gold. Blue point is used for the background. The mourning Saint John the Baptist has a fragmentary inscription beginning HOC in the roundels on either side. He turns to the left with hands raised.The lines of the head are brown; those of the garment are green.

Provenance

By 1938, sold by Robert Forrer (b. 1866 - d. 1947), Strasbourg, to Georg Swarzenski (b. 1876 - d. 1957), Frankfurt and Boston [see note]; by descent to an anonymous donor; 1974, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1974)

NOTE: Probably purchased before Swarzenski immigrated to the United States in 1938. He first lent this plaque to the MFA in 1939.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Georg Swarzenski