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Casket with the Story of the Prodigal Son
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Casket with the Story of the Prodigal Son


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Description The coats of arms on the lid indicate that the casket was a gift to Viktor von Gumppenberg zu Schenkenau, governor of Schrobenhausen, at his wedding on February 4, 1560. He was in the service of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria, and his wife was a lady-in-waiting to the duchess. The parable chosen for the decoration reminded the nobleman that it was time to abandon idle leisure for the duties of married life. The narrative panels in reverse-painted glass provide the chief ornament of the casket; they are complemented by graceful decorative borders of little birds entwined in foliage, setting off the gilded-metal armature (framework) of the casket itself.
Provenance Raoul Heilbronner; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1560 (Renaissance)
Medium
amelierung reverse-painted glass, gilded copper, resins
Accession Number
46.4
Measurements
7 13/16 x 11 9/16 in. (19.8 x 29.3 cm)
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