11 janvier 2017

British Museum acquires rare alabaster of the Virgin and Child

Unknown artist, Alabaster figure of the Virgin and Child, 14th century © Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- One of the few examples of religious imagery to survive the English Reformation, this remarkably-preserved 14th-century sculpture joins the museum's collection thanks to support from the Art Fund.  The British Museum has acquired a 14th-century alabaster sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Child – a rare survivor of the English reformation – with support from the Art Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund... [Lire la suite]

14 octobre 2016

Exhibition features the most complete surviving example of a Gothic table fountain

Table Fountain, c. 1320–40. France, Paris. Gilt-silver, translucent enamel on basse-taille, and opaque enamel; 31.1 x 24.1 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.859. CLEVELAND, OH.- Myth and Mystique: Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain, for the first time, presents the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gothic table fountain as the focus of a single exhibition. The table fountain is being displayed among a group of objects including luxury silver, hand-washing vessels, enamels, illuminated manuscripts and a... [Lire la suite]
29 septembre 2016

Victoria & Albert Museum opens once in a lifetime medieval embroidery exhibition

The John of Thanet Panel (detail), Unknown, 1300 – 1320, England. Museum no. T.337-1921 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. LONDON.- Masterpieces of English medieval embroidery from the V&A’s world-class collections are reunited with works returning to England for the first time since they were created 700 years ago, in the largest exhibition on the subject in half a century. Due to the age and extreme fragility of these dazzling embroideries, the show, which runs until 5 February 2017 at the Museum, is... [Lire la suite]
06 septembre 2016

N.C. Museum of Art presents completed Ghissi altarpiece for first time in over 100 years

Attributed to Francescuccio Ghissi, Acteus and Eugenius Implore St. John the Evangelist to Restore Their Wealth, circa 1370–80, tempera and gold leaf on panel, 13 3/4 x 15 in., Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Charlotte Caspers, after Francescuccio Ghissi, St. John the Evangelist Baptizing Aristodemus, 2014, tempera and gold leaf on panel, 13 15/16 x 15 3/16 in., North Carolina Museum of Art. RALEIGH, NC.- Beginning September 10, 2016, the North Carolina Museum of Art presents Reunited: Francescuccio... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2016

Virgin and Child Enthroned, Pungau-Salzkammergut, ca. 1390-1410

Virgin and Child Enthroned, Pungau-Salzkammergut, ca. 1390-1410. Photo Hampel Height: 104 cm. Length of base panel: 60 cm. Lot 91. Estimation: € 18.000 - 22.000 Remains of pastel-coloured polychromy visible. The figural group has been hollowed out at the back and is on the original base panel. Christ child’s right hand missing. The Virgin’s left hand with hole for missing sceptre and remains of a crown on her head. Hampel. 30 juin 2016
02 juillet 2016

German, probably Cologne, circa 1300-1320, Chess piece: a King, a proposed portrait of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (1194-1250)

Lot 1. The Hohenzollern-von Hirsch chess piece. German, probably Cologne, circa 1300-1320, Chess piece: a King, a proposed portrait of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (1194-1250). Estimation 120,000 — 180,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's with a label on the underside printed: Robert von Hirsch / Sotheby's, and inscribed: 269; partially polychromed walrus ivory; 7.2cm., 2⅞in.     Provenance: Fürstlich Hohenzollern collection (inv. no. 5175), Schloss Sigmaringen, Germany, by 1871;Robert von... [Lire la suite]

28 juin 2016

Heaven on display: The Altenberg Altar and its imagery on view in Frankfurt

Altenberg Winged Retable, c. 1330 (photomontage).  FRANKFURT.- The Städel Museum is devoting a concentrated presentation of choice objects to the art of the Middle Ages. The exhibition “Heaven on Display” features one of the most striking church choir ensembles that have come down to us from the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, the Early Gothic Altenberg Altar, and its rich imagery. Apart from presenting the high altar retable – complete with a shrine cabinet, a statue of the Madonna and wings with... [Lire la suite]
12 avril 2016

Bernardo Daddi (active Florence c. 1318-1348), The Madonna and Child enthroned with saints

Lot 125. Bernardo Daddi (active Florence c. 1318-1348), The Madonna and Child enthroned with saints, tempera and gold on panel, in an engaged frame, 30 1/8 x 20 ½ in. (76.5 x 52.1 cm.). Estimate on request. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.  Provenance: Mrs. Bredin, Bath, Somerset, England, until 1969.Acquired from the above by the present owner. Literature: S. Chiodo in M. Boskovits, ed., A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting, Sect. IV, Vol. IX, Painters in Florence... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2016

Rare masterpiece by Italian maestro Giotto copy emerges from Transylvanian church ruins

The fragments found deep in the Romanian region are part of a 14th-century fresco reproduction of Giotto's "Navicella" mosaic that used to adorn St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.  BUDAPEST (AFP).- A jewel among the wild grass? A Hungarian historian is convinced that patches of fresco in a Transylvanian church ruin are a rare medieval copy of a legendary masterpiece by Italian maestro Giotto. The fragments found deep in the Romanian region are part of a 14th-century fresco reproduction of Giotto's "Navicella"... [Lire la suite]
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27 décembre 2015

So-called scepter of Charlemagne from the former imperial abbey, 2nd half 14th century, Werden, Reichsabtei, Germany

So-called scepter of Charlemagne from the former imperial abbey, 2nd half 14th century, Werden, Reichsabtei, Germany. Jasper, sanded, Mounts Silver driven, engraved and gilded, iron soul, 53.2 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm. Ident.Nr. K 6979. Kunstgewerbemuseum © Photo: Museum of Decorative Arts of the National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage.  Photo: Hans-Joachim Bartsch The octagonal ceremonial staff consists of a handle, two shaft pieces and a crown in the form of a ribbed mace with eight blow... [Lire la suite]