Virgin and Child

Italian (Venice ?)
Medieval (Gothic)
late 13th century?

Object Place: Europe, Venice (?), Italy


5.8 x 4.7 cm (2 5/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass with gold leaf and lead borders

Not On View





One of seven stained glass of saints and religious scenes.
The plaques representing the Nativity, Saint Paul standing in three-quarter view (inscribed: S PAULUS), and a half length frontal figure of Saint Mary Magdalene (inscribed:.SCA MARIA MADALENA) are on purple glass. Those depicting the Annunciation, the Virgin and Child (of the Hodegetria type) under an arch (inscribed MH[TH]P O[EO]Y), a half-length frontal figure of Saint Mark are on dark-blue glass. The decoration and inscriptions are acid-etched, giving a rough, silvery surface to the glass. Gold leaf, in which modeling lines have been scratched, is applied on the front of the glass over the inscriptions, the framing gold bands, the hair and headdresses, the animals, and parts of the architecture and drapery (usually mantles). Thus, the designs depend on the interplay between the etched and gilded surfaces and are read best when placed against a dark ground.


Probably until 1953, Prince Esterhàzy, Galanta, Hungary; 1953, probably sold by Ezterhàzy to Georges Wildenstein, Wildenstein and Co., New York [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Wildenstein to John Goelet, New York [see note 2]; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974)

[1] This is suggested by notes in the MFA curatorial file. [2] See letter from Harry Brooks, President, Wildenstein and Co. to Nancy Netzer of the MFA (August 1, 1985; in MFA curatorial file).

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski