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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
Object Number
BR65.10
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Way to Calvary
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture, relief
Date
16th century
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Germany, South Germany
Culture
German
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/222622
Location
Level 2, Room 2440, Medieval Art, Medieval Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Technique
Gilding
Dimensions
9.53 x 6.99 cm (3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Harry Friedman in memory of Francis L. Friedman
Accession Year
1965
Object Number
BR65.10
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Charles L. Kuhn, German and Netherlandish Sculpture, 1280-1800, the Harvard Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1965), no. 41 p. 88, repr. as pl. XXXIX

Exhibition History

German Sculpture, 1500 - 1960: A New Installation, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 09/05/1984 - 12/31/1984

German Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 01/21/1986 - 03/10/1986

32Q: 2440 Medieval, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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