May 9, 2012

Stained Glass Panel with Female Donor

Stained Glass Panel with Female Donor

c. 1480

Part of a set. See all set records

Pot metal, white glass with silver stain

Overall: 156 x 43.5 x 1.5 cm (61 7/16 x 17 1/8 x 9/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1919.1.2

Did you know?

The brilliant colors of this stained glass panel were produced by adding different materials to molten glass, creating a reaction that resulted in specific colors. The metal supports for the individual pieces of glass are made from pot metal, an alloy, or mixture, of copper and iron.


The origin of these stained glass panels is unknown. They depict a male and female donor, presumably husband and wife, who gaze upon a now-lost central panel. The object of their devotions was likely a crucified Christ or a standing figure of the Virgin Mary. The man, dressed in armor, and the woman, wearing a bejeweled and richly embroidered gown, are accompanied by their coats-of-arms (unidentified). They are undoubtedly members of an aristocratic elite who commissioned these windows, perhaps for a family chapel.


The Donors
Designing the Glass
The Pot Metal Technique
The Silver Stain Technique
See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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