Head of a Bishop

Head of a Bishop

15th century - 16th century
British artist
stained glass
Stained glass and lead
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

British artist, Head of a Bishop, 1400s–1500s. Stained glass and lead; 8 5/8 × 12 3/4 in. (21.9 × 32.4 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2020.10

height: 8 5/8 in, 21.9075 cm; width: 12 3/4 in, 32.385 cm; depth: 3/8 in, 0.9525 cm; overall height: 13 1/4 in, 33.655 cm
European and American Art Before 1900
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Artist not known

Head of a Bishop, 1400s-1500s

12 ½ x 8 2/3 in. (32 x 22 cm)

Glass, lead

Promised gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18552


This piece of stained glass is composed of a head thought to represent a bishop, set within a frame of lead and clear glass. The head fragment was created at a time when England was still Roman Catholic. It was likely cut from a church window, possibly to be replaced by an alternate image. The existing composite piece could represent an effort to salvage elements from a Roman Catholic church stripped of religious art following Henry VIII’s founding of the Church of England.

Known Provenance
Private collection, England; Sarandon Associates, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; from which acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2020. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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