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Frame with Winged Bull of Saint Luke on the back

Frame with Winged Bull of Saint Luke on the back


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Gilt silver

Overall: 6.8 x 6.3 x 1.6 cm (2 11/16 x 2 1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.445.2



This small-scale Byzantine icon depicts a half-length figure of the Virgin holding the Christ child. When the icon was mounted in its present frame by a German artist in the 14th century, it was considered to be an authentic portrait painted by Saint Luke. This claim, made in an inscription on the frame, is further emphasized by the ox, Saint Luke’s symbol, engraved on the frame’s reverse.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt silver

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