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The Virgin and Child with a female donor

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1531 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr Henry Vaughan

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This glass roundel was commissioned to commemorate the rebuilding of Heligkreuzthal Abbey, Wurtemburg. It depicts the Virgin Mary, in elaborate robes, with the infant Jesus in her arms. To her right is the small figure of the donor, Veronika von Rietham, who was an Abbess. The shield at the foot of the roundel depicts the arms of the Rietham family of Swabia quartered with those of Landau.

Mary's robe is made of separate pieces of blue glass. This is an expensive feature and contrasts with the rather crudely draw plump putti.

Physical description

Stained glass medallion, in blue, yellow stain and black, depicting the Virgin and Child and a female donor. The Virgin is seated on a crescent with the dove of the Holy Ghost and fluttering heads of cherubins above her, while at her feet rests a shield with the quartered arms of Riethain and Landau. The donor is Abbess Veronika von Riethain holding a pastoral staff.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1531 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stained glass


Diameter: 10.75 in, Weight: 2.3 kg in wooden frame

Descriptive line

Stained Glass medallion depicting the Virgin and Child with a female donor, from Heiligkreuzthal Abbey, Wurtemberg, Germany, dated 1534

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (information artifacts); Crosiers; Christianity; Holy Spirit; Doves; Putti; Nuns


Glass; Stained Glass; Religion; Christianity


Ceramics Collection

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