This beautiful Verre Eglomisé Portrait of Christ during Passion is in magnificent condition. The fairly small painting dates back to the first half of the 19th century and is a true Gem of Religious Art. It is not signed as most Reverse Glass Paintings. None the less it is a true masterpiece and has beautiful colors and intricate details. It was framed in a 19th Century blackend wood frame.
Reverse painting on glass is an art form consisting of applying paint to a piece of glass and then viewing the image by turning the glass over and looking through the glass at the image. Another term used to refer to the art of cold painting and gilding on the back of glass is verre églomisé, named after the French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–86), who framed prints using glass that had been reverse-painted. In German it is known as Hinterglasmalerei.
This art form has been around for many years. It was widely used for sacral paintings since Middle Ages. The most famous was the art of icons in the Byzantine Empire. Later the painting on glass spread to Italy where in Venice it influenced its Renaissance art. Since the middle of the 18th century, painting on glass became favored by the Church and the nobility throughout Central Europe.
Measurements: 8 1/2 X 6 1/2 inch
Condition: In good condition. Please see pictures.
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