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  • Le Petit Palais - Adoration of the Child - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Newsletter Adoration of the Child Master of the St Bartholomew Altarpiece The Netherlands circa 1440 1450 Cologne circa 1510 1520 Circa 1480 Oil on wooden panel 71 x 62 cm To date no one has been able to establish the exact identity of the Master of the St Bartholomew Altarpiece one of the greatest European artists of the late 15th century who had neither pupils nor followers No doubt a native of the northern part of the Netherlands and active between 1475 and 1510 he belonged to the Cologne School where he seemed to settle circa 1480 This school brilliantly maintained a medieval concept of painting until the early 16th century demonstrating a desire for idealism in representation and perfection in craftsmanship Steeped in the Dutch influence this painting dates from the first part of the artist s career and is characterised by an angular drawing style rigid isolated figures faces with pronounced features and creases in the clothing It was part of an altarpiece devoted to the life of the Virgin Mary the panels of which have since been separated From the 14th century in representations of the birth of Christ the labour scene was replaced by the kneeling

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  • Le Petit Palais - Virgin and Child - petitpalais.paris.fr
    The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Virgin and Child Anonymous Paris region or northern France Circa 1220 1230 Ivory traces of gilt and polychrome colour H 36 cm w 11 cm d 13 cm Ivory was a rare and precious material highly prized in the West from late antiquity until the Roman era 10th 12th century and Gothic period 13th 15th century This beautifully preserved Virgin and Child from the very early Gothic period is distinguished by the quality of the workmanship The subtlety and softness of the Virgin s face and the delicacy of the details such as the strap holding her cloak to her breast the fluidity and suppleness of the two figures draperies mean that the sculpture can be attributed to the style of 1200 or Early Gothic This stylistic current flourished in the north east of France and in the Mosan regions circa 1200 and was characterised by a renewed interest in classical antiquity This statuette was preserved at Ourscamp Abbey Oise département until 1789 The passage of time has unfortunately faded the polychrome colours and gilding that used to be visible on

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  • Le Petit Palais - Altarpiece : scenes from the life and Passion of Christ - petitpalais.paris.fr
    life and Passion of Christ Anonymous Paris Circa 1370 1380 Ivory H 20 8 cm w 21 cm d 1 2 cm Ivory work was highly prized by religious and lay dignitaries alike in the Middle Ages By contrast diptychs little altarpieces with two panels carved in ivory were rarely seen prior to the reign of Saint Louis and only became commonplace in the 14th century This was the period when those lavish art enthusiasts the princes of the Valois family King Charles and his brothers notably the duc de Berry were keen ivory buyers A diptych in the Louvre which most probably featured in the collection of Charles V shares certain characteristics with the example in the Petit Palais and others held in the Louvre itself in Madrid Lisbon London Berlin New York Baltimore and Minneapolis The death of the king in 1380 is a valuable chronological reference point for the activity of the workshop which is conventionally known as the workshop of the Passion of Christ The two panels of the elephant ivory diptych are divided into three superimposed levels separated by trefoil arches surmounted by foliate crockets The scenes illustrate the life and Passion of Christ on the left are the Ascension the arrest of Christ and the hanging of Judas the Annunciation and Nativity and on the right are Pentecost the Crucifixion and Resurrection and the Adoration of the Magi The workshop s output is characterised by the elegance of the figures and the silky softness of the drapery The faces are quite stereotyped a long straight nose and prominent cheekbones for the men and a pointed chin for the women Although the pieces are very similar they are not identical Thus the draperies of the diptych in the Louvre have more vertical and deeply carved

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  • Le Petit Palais - Reliquary of the True Cross - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Copper or brass repoussé work stamped chased engraved and gilded copper plaques with champlevé work enamel and gilt silver with repoussé work and gilt semi precious stones agate and jasper inserted in cabochons wooden core H 33 3 cm w 43 2 cm d 5 cm The acquisition or transfer of relics in the Middle Ages required the creation of precious reliquaries to exhibit them for veneration by the faithful Those relating to Christ himself notably fragments of the wood of the cross were naturally considered to be the most sacred They were placed in staurotheques crafted by various specialists working with precious materials goldsmiths ivory carvers enamellers Enamel is an artificial vitreous material whose colours are reminiscent of gemstones The metal which was either precious or made precious by gilding with gold or silver could be prepared to contain the enamel in two ways cloisonné work which creates little enclosed cells to hold the powder which is then melted or champlevé work which largely superseded it from the 12th century and involves chasing directly into the metal plaque The metal itself usually gilded copper was pushed out by applying pressure to the reverse of the sheet then chased The Petit Palais staurotheque was based on a piece probably created by the Mosan goldsmith Godefroy de Huy 1175 for the Sainte Croix church in Liège The triptych composition and the iconography of angels bearing the instruments of the Passion adoring the cross are Byzantine in origin The apostles occupy the two side panels The enamels are applied in solid blocks of colour or are more subtly modulated blues or greens flecked with yellow or white shaded with cobalt etc In spite of the generally very reliable tastes of the successive owners of the work Prince Soltykoff in the first half

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  • Le Petit Palais - The Virgin, Inviolate Mountain - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Auditorium Visit Collections Paris 1900 The 19th century The 18th century The 17th century Renaissance The Western Christian World The Eastern Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Virgin Inviolate Mountain Anonymous Created in Novgorod Beginning of the 16th century Tempera on wood H 34 5 cm w 28 6 cm Against a characteristic light ground the Virgin holds the Son who is making the sign of blessing On her ochre red maphorion is a veritable rebus comprising the rainbow that Noah saw in the sky after the flood the ladder seen by Jacob in his dream and the head of King of Kings which according to the prophet Ezekiel passed through the closed door of the Temple For Christians these Old Testament themes are reminders of the fulfilment of the promises of salvation made by the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob in the persons of Jesus and his Mother Inventory number PPP04902 Inventory number PPP04902 Acquisition details Roger Cabal bequest 1998 Room 36 Roll your mouse over the

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  • Le Petit Palais - In You rejoices - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Search Français Exhibitions Collections Petit Palais Auditorium Visit Collections Paris 1900 The 19th century The 18th century The 17th century Renaissance The Western Christian World The Eastern Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter In You rejoices Franghias Kavertsas Crete working between 1615 and 1647 1648 1st half of the 17th century Tempera and gold on coated canvas applied to wood H 58 cm w 55 cm This icon illustrates one of the many hymns to the glory of Mary and is written in the 8th century by St John Damascene and sung during the celebration of the liturgy of St Basil In you rejoices all creation the angelic hosts and mankind The medallions evoke all creation referring back to the beginning of the Bible which describes the creation of the world by God This work is signed and dated Inventory number PPP04881 Inventory number PPP04881 Acquisition details Roger Cabal bequest 1998 Room 35 Roll your mouse over the exhibit to view detail Previous 18 20 Next A A A Back

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  • Le Petit Palais - The Nativity - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Nativity Anonymous Created in Crete or Venice Circa 1480 1500 Tempera on coated wood H 65 cm w 80 8 cm Rather than integrate Western motifs into the framework of an icon this image takes the unusual approach of juxtaposing Italian and Byzantine styles on either side of a diagonal line running from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the panel It could possibly be as some have suggested the work of two different artists one working in the Western and the other in the Byzantine tradition The panoramic landscape which reflects the Italo Flemish tradition of the era is distinctive because it not only occupies a totally unusual area but is also structured using the rules of perspective which are absent from icon painting The succession of small valleys help to provide depth of field and a blue sky dotted with clouds replaces the gold background The icon tells the story of the birth of Christ celebrated on 25 December Christmas Day On that day the Orthodox church celebrates the Nativity according to the Body of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ and remembers the Shepherds who saw the Lord as well as the

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  • Le Petit Palais - St Martin - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Renaissance The Western Christian World The Eastern Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter St Martin Anonymous Created in Crete or Venice Circa 1500 Tempera and gold on wood H 35 cm w 28 3 cm Born in approximately 317 in Pannonia modern day Hungary he enlisted in the Roman army at an early age and was sent to Gaul In the winter of 337 in Amiens he met a naked beggar shivering with cold and gave him half of his cloak That night Christ appeared to him dressed in the half cloak he had given to the poor man and thanked him for his charitable gesture The hand of God emerging from the darkness in the top left conjures up this vision Martin converted and left the army He is the most popular saint in France but is not very well known in the East This work is probably unique in Creto Venitian icon making The Latin inscription reveals that it would seem to have been commissioned by an Italian

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