Description Used for personal devotion, this diptych could be closed and easily carried by its owner. Its four reliefs summarize salvation history from the Incarnation to the Second Coming. The owner could have identified with worshiping figures like Joseph bending over his newborn son, the Magus kneeling to present his gifts to him, the apostle John mourning at Calvary, or the dead rising from their graves on Judgment Day. The scenes from Jesus' earthly life include strikingly human, emotional details: the Virgin tenderly grasps the infant's hand, Christ playfully holds up the Magi's gifts, and Mary swoons at the sight of her son's death. As a reminder of the future judgment, the Virgin is shown on the lower right imploring Christ to forgive our sins.
- The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
- Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
- Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
- Déjà Vu? Recurrence. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
- Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Museum of Biblical Art, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 2008-2009.
Provenance Éduard Chappey, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, June 5-7, 1907, no. 1682; Leon Gruel, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
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