From the convent of Altenberg / Altarcloth (detail) / Second half of 14th centuryFrom the convent of Altenberg
Altarcloth (detail)
Second half of 14th century

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: German
Creator Name-CRT: From the convent of Altenberg
Title: Altarcloth (detail)
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1350
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: Second half of 14th century
Creation Place: From the convent of Altenberg
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Linen embroidered with satin, chain, chevron, and Romanian stitches
Dimensions: 156 x 47 1/4 in. (396.2 x 120 cm)

The Adoration of the Magi appears on one end of this exceptionally large, well-preserved altar covering from the convent of Altenberg, not far from Trier in Germany. Among other figures represented in richly textured embroidery are Christ as judge; Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and Thuringia, mother of a thirteenth-century abbess of Altenberg; and Saint Nicholas, patron saint of the convent. A monk in their company kneels on a coat of arms identified as that of Henricus de Cronenberg.

An inscription in Latin names the nuns who served as needleworkers?Sophia, Hadewigs, and Lucardis?and invokes Jesus with the prayer that their work be acceptable to him.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 29.87
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1929
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.29.87
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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