Reverse painting

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Object Name: 
Reverse painting
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
85.3.28
Dimensions: 
H: 14.9 cm, L: 14.9 cm, W: 2 cm Mrs. Jerome Strauss, State College, PA
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1550-1600
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Jerome Strauss
Primary Description: 
Colorless, blue, white, amethyst, amber non-lead glasses; blown flat glass, painted; drawn rods. Flat, square wood frame, with gilt gesso; six rows of rods line the sides: a thin circular rod of colorless with a band of spiral white threads, a flattened amber rod with scratched and white-painted stripes, another threaded rod, a flattened purple rod, decorated like the amber rod, another threaded rod, and at the inside a flattened bright blue rod, decorated like the amber rod; enclosing a wavy flat square plate of glass painted and gilt on the reverse with a portrait of an old, bearded male saint, kneeling before a crude wooden cross, with a lion lying alongside, a room in a crude dwelling behind him, with books and a reed-wrapped bottle on shelves, and a bright red hat on the ground; a building in the background; bordered by a narrow blue band with gold dots, and framed with gold lines; the back of the wood frame with an illegible black ink inscription; strap metal staple hanger, replacing the original; a piece of white cloth tape covers a small hole which exposes the back of the painted plaque.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss, Lucille (Mrs. Jerome) (1908-1994), Source
Recent Important Acquisitions, 28 (1986) illustrated, p. 103, #19; BIB# AI17497
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1985 (1986) illustrated, pp. 4, 12; BIB# AI96384