Médaillons - miniatures sur verre


01/07/2021 - 31/12/2021

Médaillons - miniatures sur verre

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The art of glass-making underwent major development in the Low Countries and the principality of Liège from the Renaissance. This artistic production included small panels of colourless glass that were decorated with paint. They were generally circular, hence their name ‘medallions’ or ‘roundels’. Little known in our artistic heritage, these medallions were very popular in all Europe starting in the 15th century. Their small size made them ideal for insertion in a window or stained glass.

The Museum of Art and History possesses a remarkable group of medallions and small panels dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. They are only part of a collection that also includes examples of entire monumental stained glass, single panels and fragments.

It is the largest public collection of stained glass in Belgium.

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