Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude, front panel detail
ID
 
1271
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude, front panel detail
 
Subject
 

Here, an apostle stands under a cloisonne enamel arcade. This apostle is generic in his rendering and consequentially not easily identifiable.

 
Creation Date
 
1045
 
Century
 
11th
 
Style Genre
 
Altar and reliquary
 
Work Type
 
reference work
 
Format Medium
 

Gold, cloisonne enamel, red porphyry, gems, pearls, niello, oak

 
Original Location
 

The altar was destined for the collegiate church of St. Blaise, which Count Liudolf (d. 1038) and his wife Gertrude (d. 1077) founded in the precinct of their castle in Brunswick. This church would serve as the burial place of the count and his family.

 
Patrons and Others
 

Countess Gertrude of Brunswick (d. 1077), wife of Count Liudolf, commissioned this work and dedicated it to St. Blaise.

 
Provenance
 

This object is part of the Guelph Treasure, one of the largest ecclesiastical treasures to survive from medieval Germany. The treasure has been associated with the Guelph dynasty since the 12th c.. Several of its objects were commissioned by Gertrude.

For a detailed account the history of the Guelf Treasure, see Splendor and Devotion: The Rise of Luxury Arts.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

The altar contains relics, including those of saints Bartholomew, Adelheid, Hermes, Gertrude, Marcian, Vincent, and others.

 
Current Repository
 

Cleveland Museum of Art

 
Repository Number
 
CMA 1931.462
 
Photo Credit
 
Kornbluth Photography
 
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