Mirror, ca. 1600
Enamel, silver, and gilt
33 3/4 × 20 × 3 1/2 in. (85.73 × 50.8 × 8.89 cm)
Purchase, with funds from Avis Martin Heller in honor of the Fine Arts Society M2012.517
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
This masterfully composed frame, with baroque (or ornate) swirls, fantastic creatures, and floral designs, displays the unparalleled skill of goldsmiths who worked in the German town of Augsburg. The inner frame features the technique called basse-taille, newly developed at the time, in which a pattern that has been carved into the metal is filled with colored glass.
Sawinski, Catherine. From the Collection--German Renaissance Mirror. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, January 25, 2013. http://blog.mam.org/2013/01/25/from-the-collection-german-renaissance-mirror/.
Atkinson, Tracy. Wisconsin Collects, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Arrow Press, 1964, p. 20, cat. 179, b/w illus. p. 17.
Wisconsin Collects, Milwaukee Art Center, September 24, 1964–October 25, 1964.
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.