The Wallace Collection

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This object is currently being catalogued
  • Plaque
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Umbria, Italy
  • late 14th century
  • Glass, gold and paint, gilded, painted, etched and engraved
  • Height: 8.5 cm
    Width: 6 cm
  • W20
  • Smoking Room
Commentary
History
Images & Media
  • Objects in gilded glass (verre églomisé) were a speciality of the Italian region of Umbria in the Middle Ages and were particularly popular with the Franciscan order. The technique involves the etching of gold leaf that has been applied to glass. This panel, probably once the wing of a diptych, has decorative details added in red and green glazes as well as blank spaces which once held pieces of parchment and relics. The composition of the Nativity scene suggests the influence of the frescoes in the Lower Church, San Francesco at Assisi and of Duccio’s Maestà (Florence, Uffizi).