- 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
- Diptych with Four Scenes from the Life of Christ
- Other Titles
- Alternate Title: Diptych with four Representations of Religious Sciences
- Work Type
- 14th century
- Creation Place: Europe, France, Ile-de-France
- Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2440, Medieval Art, Medieval Art
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- Physical Descriptions
- 21.7 x 12.9 x 1.6 cm (8 9/16 x 5 1/16 x 5/8 in.)
- [Brummer Gallery, Inc., New York, NY, December 1946, sold;] to the Fogg Art Museum by friends of Rosalind Gray Potter.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift in memory of Rosalind Gray Potter from a group of friends
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
Georg Swarzenski, "A Gothic Ivory Diptych", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum (December 1947), X, 6, p. 179-84. p. 180, repr.
Richard H. Randall, Jr., The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Carvings in North American Collections, Hudson Hills Press (New York, NY, 1993), no. 58, p. 68, repr.
Gothic Ivories Project, website, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2010, http://www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk/
- Exhibition History
The Spirit of the Cathedral, Old South Church, Boston, 05/01/1964 - 05/31/1964
Re-View: S422-423 Western Art of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011
32Q: 2440 Medieval, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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