Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family

Object Details

Title:

Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown maker, Swiss

Culture:

Swiss

Place(s):

Basel (?), Switzerland (Place created)

Date:

about 1490

Medium:

Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came

Dimensions:

44 x 31 x 1 cm (17 5/16 x 12 3/16 x 3/8 in.)

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In this playful stained-glass window, a red boar on a family's coat of arms comes to life. The beast appears sly, even a bit threatening, as he stalks an innocent looking maiden strolling under an archway. She coyly pretends not to notice him while hiding a dagger in the folds of her dress. Above them, men and women participate in a hunting expedition, an amorous pastime.

The richness of this window's design reflects the joyful spirit of the Renaissance. By then, the dark, heavy look of stained-glass windows had given way to a more colorful, light-filled aesthetic. In part, this new direction resulted from the fact that, as stained-glass windows became more affordable, people commissioned them for their homes. Subject matter changed, more often commemorating family and daily life. Scholars believe a member of a wealthy Basel family who converted from Judaism to Christianity in the early 1400s commissioned this panel.

Exhibitions
Images in Light: Newly Acquired Stained Glass (October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004) (21)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004