May 7, 2012

The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris

c. 1510–1520

Silver-stained glass roundel

Diameter: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1985.148

Did you know?

The bright yellow tones in stained glass are made using a solution of silver oxide.


Hermes awakens the shepherd Paris to hand him the golden apple, which he is to present to the most beautiful of the three goddesses: Venus (foreground), Juno, or Minerva. The panel was produced by means of a compound of silver oxide, which, when applied to the glass and then fired in a kiln, turned into a translucent yellow stain. The culminating effects of different pigments and shadings required subsequent firings.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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