The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Archangel Michael Vanquishing the Devil

Object Details

Title:

The Archangel Michael Vanquishing the Devil

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, Netherlandish

Culture:

Possibly Southern Netherlandish

Place:

Netherlands (Place Created)

Date:

about 1530

Medium:

Colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain

Object Number:

2003.73

Dimensions:

26.9 × 1 cm (10 9/16 × 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

The subject of the archangel Michael vanquishing the Devil comes from the book of Revelation and was popular during the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The composition of this roundel is after a 1510 woodcut by the artist Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (ca. 1475-1533) of Amsterdam. Here, the stained glass painter has faithfully copied the dramatic representation of the two figures from the print, and has added details of an expansive landscape with buildings of a northern European character. This was in the tradition of the so-called “Weltlandschaft” (World-landscape) symbolizing the global implications of Saint Michael’s deed. This panel is notable for the delicacy of the painting, with fine stippling and picked-out highlights, and for the sophisticated use of silver stain, which ranges from subtle shades of lemon-yellow to more strident tones of fiery-orange.

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
Painted Prayers: Books of Hours from the Morgan Library (October 18, 2005 to January 8, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 18, 2005 to January 8, 2006
Bibliography
Bibliography

Michael, Michael. Images in Light: Stained Glass, 1200-1550 (London: Sam Fogg, 2002), pp. 108-09, 124, no. 49.

Raguin, Virginia Chieffo. Stained Glass: Radiant Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 8-9, 21, fig. 11.