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Diptych Leaf with the Life of the Virgin
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Diptych Leaf with the Life of the Virgin


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description The upper register contains the Presentation in the Temple; the lower, the Nativity, with the Annunciation to the Shepherds in the background. The heavy Burgundian-type drapery in the upper scene, particularly that of the Virgin, suggest a date close to 1400. The scenes are shown beneath arcades of three trefoil arches. The hinges are missing, and the panel was recut for second hinges. The upper register shows traces of lapis blue behind the crockets; the lower scene has traces of green landscape and blue sky. The reverse of the panel is engraved with the Magdalen at the foot of the Cross in an oval with decorative borders, taken from an Italian (?) print of th late 16th century. The engraving would indicate that the ivory was still in use in the 16th century.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/09/1962Treatmentcleaned
2/01/1977Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
late 14th century (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.210
Measurements
H: 4 x W: 2 5/16 in. (10.2 x 5.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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