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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Diptych with Scenes of the Annunciation, Nativity, Crucifixion, and Resurrection
View: Alternate View
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1325
Creation Date: 1300-1325
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Enamels-Translucent
Materials and Techniques: Silver gilt with translucent and opaque enamels
Dimensions: 2 3/8 x 3 7/16 in. (6.1 x 8.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1980.366
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth Blumka, 1980
An outstanding example of Gothic goldsmiths' work and enameling, this small devotional diptych achieves a gemlike quality through its accomplished technique and graceful style. The outer scenes of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection are executed in translucent enamel with details in opaque enamel, while the inner scenes of the Annunciation and the Nativity are in the form of cast reliefs. The diptych generally has been attributed to either a Parisian or a Cologne workshop, but a more precise localization is made difficult not only by the mobility of artists and the resultant transmission of styles, but also by the palpable stylistic differences between the outer and inner wings. In addition, the unusual inclusion of a midwife in the Nativity scene is an iconographic peculiarity that appears for the most part to have been of Austrian origin. While the place in which this diptych originated remains somewhat uncertain, the essential stylistic qualities of the work link it with Cologne.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1980.366
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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