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Panel - Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    17th century-18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, reverse painted with unfired colours and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Bought

  • Museum number:

    19-1890

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The picture illustrates the story from the New Testament in which the three wise men from the East pay tribute to the baby Jesus.

It was painted on the back of a glass panel, but the painting is viewed from the front, through the glass. This required the craftsman to apply the pigments in reverse order, starting with the highlights, outlines and fine details, and finishing with the broad areas of background colour. The paint is easily damaged as it was not fired onto the surface. It was therefore covered by a layer of varnish and mounted in a frame.

Physical description

Glass panel with reverse painting in colours and in gold (verre églomisé); in black frame. Depicting the Adoration of the Magi. Italian (Venetian), 17th or 18th century.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

17th century-18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Glass, reverse painted with unfired colours and gold

Dimensions

Height: 28.5 cm, Width: 26.0 cm maximum

Object history note

Bought from Alessandro Ascoli in Bologna.

Descriptive line

Glass panel with reverse painting in colours and in gold (verre églomisé); in black frame. Depicting the Adoration of the Magi. Italian (Venetian), 17th or 18th century.

Techniques

Verre églomisé

Categories

Glass; Paintings; Black History; Stained Glass

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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