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Creator Name: Master of the Passion Diptych
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Sculptor
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Master of the Passion Diptych
Title: Diptych
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1373
Creation End Date: 1377
Creation Date: about 1375
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: diptych
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: H.8-3/16 x W.8-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 83.72
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Andrus III, Atherton and Winifred Bean and an Anonymous Donor

The carved scenes of this diptych (hinged two-paneled object) read from left to right, beginning at the bottom: the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Betrayal of Judas, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and Pentecost.

In the Middle Ages, wealthy nobles commissioned exquisite small diptychs, illustrated prayer books, and other portable religious objects which they could carry on their frequent travels. These works provided a focus for private meditation and attested to the owner's refined taste. In an age before books were widely available and few people, even in the upper classes, could read, visual storytelling served as an important instructional aid to individuals and entire families.

Acquired in 1983 83.72

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AMICA ID: MIA_.83.72
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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