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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Life of Christ. Infancy of Christ.

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Cologne, Museum Schnütgen

Inv. B 123

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 212mm
Width: 196mm
Depth: 18mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; angel with hands clasped and angel crying; rugged cross.
Register 2: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; Virgo lactans; musician shepherd holding bagpipes; angels holding scrolls; dog.
Wing, right
Register 1: Last Judgement with Resurrection of the Dead (Christ in Glory); souls rising from their tombs under an arch; souls including a king; angels holding Instruments of the Passion (nails; crown of thorns; spear; cross); angels blowing trumpets; kneeling Virgin; kneeling saint John the Evangelist (?).
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi.
Pointed trefoils. Border of dentils.

Amsterdam 1994: France, c. 1375-1400.
Museum's opinion 2013: France (Paris), 1st half of the 14th century.


Two hinges.

Collection of the Baron de Theïs (Alexandre-Etienne-Guillaume Theïs (b. 1765, d. 1842)) and Baronne de Theïs (from at least 1867). Purchased from Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, in August 1955.

Exposition universelle, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1867, no. 1764.
Das Museum Schnütgen. Eine Auswahl. Dem Andenken an Fritz Witte, Direktor des Schnütgen Museums 1910-1937, ed. by H. Schnitzler (Cologne, 1968), p. 104, pp. 66ff.
H. van Os, The Art of Devotion in the Late Middle Ages in Europe, 1300-1500, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1994, pp. 74-75, fig. 30.
H. van Os, Een engel in de koffer: Willem Neutelings en zijn verzameling (Baarn, 1996), p. 29, fig. 35.


Foto: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln.

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