Miniatures by Anton Mozart / Shrine / Late 16th century (1598-1600)Miniatures by Anton Mozart
Late 16th century (1598-1600)

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Creator Name: Mozart, Anton
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: working 1595-1620
Creator Name-CRT: Miniatures by Anton Mozart
Creator Name: Walbaum, Matthias
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1554-1632; working in Augsburg 1579-1632
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Matthias Walbaum
Title: Shrine
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1598
Creation End Date: 1600
Creation Date: Late 16th century (1598-1600)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Silver In Combinatio
Materials and Techniques: Ebony, silver, silver gilt, gouache on parchment
Dimensions: 17 x 7 1/4 in. (43.2 x 18.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.823
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Matthias Walbaum was one of the best goldsmiths in sixteenth-century Augsburg, and elaborate shrines of an almost neo-Gothic character were the specialty of his workshop. This jewel-like example, in the form of a triptych, documents episodes from the New Testament in hierarchical order. Atop the shrine is a Visitation scene with figures of Saints Anne and Elizabeth and an announcing angel. On the front of the doors are silver figures enacting the Annunciation. The doors open into a miniature triptych painted in gouache by Anton Mozart, with the Nativity at the center, the Presentation on the right wing, and the Circumcision on the left. A tiny panel illustrating the Flight into Egypt forms the predella. On the stem of the shrine a Christ in silver bears his cross to Calvary; beneath, his collapsed figure hangs from his mother's arms in a Pietà. On the four sides of the base, the Evangelists, identified by their attributes, record the events pictured above.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.823
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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