Description An inscription around the stem of this fourteenth-century reliquary from Florence celebrates "Mistress Thadea Petrucci," who had the receptacle made "for the salvation of her dead." Thadea's gift, made during a period dominated by the experience of the Black Death (1347-1351) poignantly demonstrates the redemptive value attributed to such offerings. Contributing to the beauty of the Lord's temple was a way to gain God's benevolence at the time judgment. Here, the act of giving is sanctioned by the patron.
Examined in preparation for exhibition.
- The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
Provenance Thadea Petrucci, ca. 1340-1350, by commission; Camillo Castiglioni, Vienna [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Amsterdam, November 17-20, 1925, no. 232; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924-1926 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924-1926 (?)
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