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Panel, 2 registers (cover of devotional booklet) (Front)

Panel, 2 registers (cover of devotional booklet) (Front)
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Ravenna, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Inv. n. 1038


Height: 93mm
Width: 37mm
Depth: 4mm

Register 1: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Register 2: Annunciation; vase of lilies.

Martini and Rizzardi 1990: Paris, 2nd quarter of the 14th century.
Martini 2004: Paris, 1st third of the 14th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding and polychromy: gold (hair; beards; along the hems), brown (cross), green (lily; lining of saint John's garment), black and red (blood; book; etc).

Flat and smooth.

Object Condition
Central hole in the upper part of the panel.

This panel probably was one of the external cover of a devotional booklet containing ivory panels painted with religious scenes. Two such painted panels in the same collection (Inv. n. 1036 and 1037) were probably part of this booklet.

Classense collection, i.e. collection assembled by the Camaldolese monks of Sant'Apollinare in Classe near Ravenna, acquired mainly during the 18th century; with the suppression of religious orders in 1797, the possessions of Ravenna's important abbeys passed on to the Comune of Ravenna; in 1804, the Museo Classense Municipale was established, which would become in 1885 the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna.

Avori bizantini e medievali nel museo nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini and C. Rizzardi (Ravenna, 1990), no. 20, pl. XIV.
La collezione degli oggetti in avorio e osso. Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini (Ravenna, 2004), pp. 35-36, 57, no. 20.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 120 and 121.


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