Head of a Bishop

15th century - 16th century

Object

Country

Object Info

Object: stained glass
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2020.10

Medium/Technique

Stained glass

Credit

Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info

Dimensions

height: 8 5/8 in, 21.9075 cm; width: 12 3/4 in, 32.385 cm; depth: 3/8 in, 0.9525 cm; overall height: 13 1/4 in, 33.655 cm

Department

European and American Art Before 1900

Collection

European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Known Provenance

Private collection, England; Sarandon Associates, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; from which acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; Promised gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18552. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Caption

Artist not known
Head of a Bishop, 1400s-1500s
Glass, lead
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust,2020.10

Extended Info

Artist not known

Head of a Bishop, 1400s-1500s

12 ½ x 8 2/3 in. (32 x 22 cm)

Glass, lead

Promised gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18552

 

This piece of stained glass is composed of a head thought to represent a bishop, set within a frame of lead and clear glass. The head fragment was created at a time when England was still Roman Catholic. It was likely cut from a church window, possibly to be replaced by an alternate image. The existing composite piece could represent an effort to salvage elements from a Roman Catholic church stripped of religious art following Henry VIII’s founding of the Church of England.