- Gallery Text
In the late Middle Ages, Christian spirituality increasingly focused on the salvation of individual souls. Devotional practice was no longer confined to the liturgy, but was supplemented with private prayer. Individuals acquired their own prayer books, and the growing aristocratic and bourgeois classes commissioned small devotional works, like the portable ivory shown here. The invention of printmaking led to the proliferation of sacred images, some inspired by earlier manuscript illuminations. Other objects, like the bronze plaque here, were in turn modeled after prints.
[1946.56, 1957.217, 1962.282, BR65.10]
- Identification and Creation
Level 2, Room 2440, Medieval Art, Medieval Art
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- Physical Descriptions
- Tempera on panel
- 23.81 x 17.46 cm (9 3/8 x 6 7/8 in.)
- A. Kingsley Porter; to Lucy Wallace Porter (his wife), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1962.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Lucy Wallace Porter
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 217 [as unknown Florence 13th century]
Edward B. Garrison, Italian Romanesque Panel Painting: An Illustrated Index, Leo S. Olschki (Florence, 1972), p. 55, cat. no. 78, repr.
Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)
- Exhibition History
32Q: 2440 Medieval, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
Google Art Project
- Related Works
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