Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family

Object Details


Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family


Unknown maker, Swiss




Basel (?), Switzerland (Place created)


about 1490


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


44 × 31 × 1 cm (17 5/16 × 12 3/16 × 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.

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