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The Virgin and Child Stained Glass Ornament

Reproduction of The Virgin and Child stained glass panel in the collection of the Getty Center Museum, Los Angeles.

- Dimensions: 3.5 inches Diameter
- Materials: Glass with Satin Ribbon
- Made in the USA
- Item #: ORNSG3

This panel showing the Virgin Mary and the Christ child was made for the abbey of Klosterneuburg, an important religious site outside Vienna. It was in the apex of a tall cloister window that had scenes from the life of Christ in the lower panels. These windows were by the Master of Klosterneuburg, one of the most accomplished glass painters of the Middle Ages. In this example the artist achieved a sophisticated tenderness and delicacy in representing the subject – the two figures look into each other’s eyes as the child lightly touches his mother’s chin. The dark piece representing the arm of the Virgin may be a palimpsest (replacement painted on old glass).

The Virgin and Child
Master of Klostemeuburg (Austrian, active early 14th century), about 1335
Pot-metal and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead cane,
35.9 × 20.3 × 1 cm (14 ¹/8 × 8 × 3/8 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.32
© 2021 The J. Paul Getty Trust