Venetian Marble Pierced Work Altar Frontal

Venetian Marble Pierced Work Altar Frontal

1300 to 1500 Italy

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A Venetian Marble Pierced Work Altar Frontal
Decorated with the cross and stylised palmette foliate motifs. Losses to one corner and one side
14th – 15th Century

Size: 31cm high, 30cm wide, 7cm deep – 12¼ ins high, 11¾ ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
Provenance: Ex Private London collection
This marble panel illustrates a characteristically Venetian amalgam of Byzantine details within a gothic architectural framework. By the end of the 13th century Venice had adopted a cosmopolitan Mediterranean architectural imagery with various European, and a few Islamic elements, blended into ecclesiastical decoration in a unique and creative manner.
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