Saint Christopher and a Donor

Unknownabout 1500–1510

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This panel was part of a larger window that included a depiction of the Crucifixion at the center, also owned by the museum. Both are from a large window in which the Crucifixion was in the center and the Saint Christopher at the right. The third panel, which would have been on the left, is lost. Here an unidentified donor, facing the Crucifixion scene, kneels before the figure of the legendary Saint Christopher, the giant who ferried the Christ child across a river. The figures are set against a deep panoramic landscape within an elaborate high Gothic niche with a donor’s coat of arms at the base and with shield-bearing and musician angels on the pinnacles above. The donor’s tabard (sleeveless garment) and the armorial of the shield comprise two quarters with three black wolf heads on a white field (ground), two quarters with a black cross moline (arms of equal length with forked ends) set between three gold scallops on a white field, and a center escutcheon with a gold fleur-de-lis on a blue field.


  • Title: Saint Christopher and a Donor
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1500–1510
  • Location Created: Lorraine/Burgundy, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 225 × 64 × 1 cm (88 9/16 × 25 3/16 × 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Stained glass
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2003.53.2
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, French
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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