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Saint George with the Arms of Speth

Object Details

Title:

Saint George with the Arms of Speth

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, German

Culture:

German

Place:

Germany (Place Created)

Date:

1517

Medium:

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

Object Number:

2003.64

Dimensions:

54.3 × 46.4 × 1 cm (21 3/8 × 18 1/4 × 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

Saint George is a legendary knight who subdued a dragon that was threatening a city in order to encourage its citizens to convert to Christianity. Here he is depicted wearing a full set of gilded armor in which every element has been carefully delineated. A dragon is curled at his feet and he carries a white flag with a red cross, an attribute for this saint. The figure stands facing the arms of Speth, a noble German family. This includes the shield with a charge (heraldic motif) of three keys on a patterned red field (ground), helmet, crest (distinctive feature above a helmet) of a demi-man similarly charged on the body and cap, and mantling (cloak-like decoration behind a coat of arms), in the form of wide densely curled leaves of the colors (both red and white). The saint and coat of arms are both set against a blue damask-patterned background under an arch topped by a scroll with the date 1517.

Provenance
Provenance
- 2003

Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts, English (London), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Images in Light: Newly Acquired Stained Glass (October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004
All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court (August 28 to December 2, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 28 to December 2, 2018
Bibliography
Bibliography

Michael, Michael. Images in Light: Stained Glass, 1200-1550 (London: Sam Fogg, 2002), pp. 90-91, 121, no. 40.

Raguin, Virginia Chieffo. Stained Glass: Radiant Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 6, 23, back cover ill., fig. 13.