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Study for a Stained Glass Window with the Coat of Arms of the Barons von Paar (recto); Study for a Sceptre with the Initials MB (verso)

Georg Penczabout 1540

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The inscription that wraps around this design for a stained-glass window identifies the arms as those of Marcus Belidorus de Casnio, an ancestor of the noble von Paar family. A bare-breasted woman supports the bottom of the family's coat of arms, which is tied to a leafless tree. From its branches hang other elements of their emblems. The crowned bull on the left carries the initials MBon the end of a sword. The motto hanging from the tree reads Stemmata virtuti et munificentie ad avcta. Herov[m] propria(The family trees of heroes grow greater through virtue and munificence), suggesting the continuation of the glory of de Casnio's descendants. A small turreted palace beside a lake in the background displays a specifically Northern European style.

To give this scene depth and volume, Georg Pencz combined delicate line drawing with carefully applied washes.

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  • Title: Study for a Stained Glass Window with the Coat of Arms of the Barons von Paar (recto); Study for a Sceptre with the Initials MB (verso)
  • Creator: Georg Pencz
  • Date: about 1540
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 24.8 x 24.8 cm (9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink with gray wash (recto); black chalk (verso)
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: (Recto) at bottom right corner of board hanging from tree, faintly signed "GP" in black chalk.
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 83.GA.193
  • Markings: Markings: (Verso) unidentified collection mark of B. S. (L.Suppl. 414b).
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: (Recto) on board, inscribed "STEMMATA . VI / RTUTI . ET . MUN / IFICENTIE . AD / AVCTA. HEROV[M] PROPRIA" in black ink; on circular border, inscribed "INSIGNIA. MARCI BARONIS. GENTILIV[M]. Q[VE]. SUOR[UM].A.PAR".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Drawings

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