PANEL WITH BANDEROLES
Stained Glass (40 x 30.4 cm.)
Brown and black grisaille on clear glass, some colored pot-metal glass
France?, 15th century
This unusual pastiche or “panneau d’antiquaire” groups together inscribed banderoles with Latin words from the fifteenth-century reading: est - fortitudo (“courage or greatness of soul”) –IH (“Jesus Christ?”)… abscondita (“concealed to the eye”). It conveys an interesting idea: that courage is a hidden virtue. Perhaps these words formed elements of a motto in the nineteenth century, whereas they were doubtless integral to a narrative in the fifteenth century. The different fragments appear to have the same origin, and they are linked by an old background in blue glass. Brown and black grisaille on clear glass, some colored pot-metal glass; stopgaps filled later, with one piece from the sixteenth-century painted with sanguine.