German (Swabia) / Panel from a Tree of Jesse Window / 14th centuryGerman (Swabia)
Panel from a Tree of Jesse Window
14th century

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German; Swabian
Creator Dates/Places: German (Swabia)
Creator Name-CRT: German (Swabia)
Title: Panel from a Tree of Jesse Window
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint
Dimensions: a: 27 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (69.2 x 36.2 cm); b: 26 x 14 1/2 in. (66 x 36.8 cm); c: 25 7/8 x 14 3/4 in. (65.7 x 37.4 cm); d: 24 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (62.2 x 36.2 cm); e: 25 3/8 x 19 1/2 in. (64 .4 x 49.5 cm); f: 25 5/8 x 14 1/4 in. (65 x 36.2 cm)
Description: The Book of Isaiah presents Jesse, an ancestor of Christ, as the root of a great tree, a symbol of his illustrious progeny. In this thirteenth-century stained-glass panel from Swabia in southern Germany, Jesse lies asleep at the bottom, and the tree rises like a dream from his side. In branches coiling from the trunk , prophets hold scrolls that foretell the coming of Christ. King David holds a harp in the roundel immediately above Jesse , and the four upper roundels contain scenes from the life of Christ, from bottom to top, the Presentation in the Temple, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Ascension. The vertical trunk unifies the panel and seems to merge with the wood of the cross in the Crucifixion scene.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 22.25a-f
Credit Line: Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1922
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.22.25a-f
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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