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Unknown Artist


Saint Bavo of Ghent and a Kneeling Donor

Creation Date

ca. 1525-1530


early-mid 16th century


8 3/4 in. (22.3 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Netherlands

Medium and Support

painted glass roundel

Credit Line

Bequest and gift of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss, Charles Potter Kling and Dr. Bernard Samuels, by exchange


Public Domain

Accession Number

Stained glass is perhaps the material most commonly associated with medieval art, especially in the monumental cathedrals of the Gothic period. By in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it had become more widespread in civic and domestic spaces, as well as religious buildings, and small panels like this roundel were included within larger expanses of windows in wealthier homes, commercial buildings, and town halls across much of present-day Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and France. While the iconic stained glass of the twelfth- and thirteenth-century cathedrals was rich with deep, saturated reds and blues, this panel displays the lighter and more translucent yellow and gold colors achieved with silver stain, a technique which was introduced to Europe, perhaps from Arabic sources, around 1300.

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