Plaque from a Reliquary Shrine. ca. 1186. Made in, Cologne, Germany. Champlevé and cloisonné enamel, copper alloy, gilt. Among the most splendid objects in the great churches of Cologne are large architectural shrines containing relics associated with local saints. These ambitious goldsmiths’ works are among the greatest artistic achievements of their time.
Triptych with the Coronation of the Virgin Date: 1325–50 Geography: Made in Cologne, Germany Culture: German Medium: Ivory with polychromy and gilt decorations and metal mounts Dimensions: Overall (open): 15 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. (39.2 x 23 x 6.1 cm) Overall (Closed): 15 7/16 x 6 x 2 3/8 in. (39.2 x 15.2 x 6.1 cm) Wings: 12 5/16 x 2 1/4 x 3/8 in. (31.2 x 5.7 x 0.9 cm) Central Panel: 13 15/16 x 4 1/2 x 3/4 in. (35.4 x 11.5 x 1.9 cm) Base: 1 9/16 x 6 x 2 3/8 in. (4 x 15.2 x 6.1 cm)
The Last Supper (ca. 1500-30, Metropolitan Museum, New York). This scene of the Last Supper clearly shows each disciple, including Judas, who is seen at the lower right clutching his bag of money, a reference to his future betrayal. The elaborate and detailed carving indicates that the sculpture came from an important ecclesiastical setting, such as a sacrament house that contained the elements for celebrating mass. Cologne Cathedral contained such a structure, made by the sculptor Franz Mai...