Capricorn

Capricorn

15th century - 16th century
Country
England
stained glass
Stained glass
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2020.11

Artist not known
Capricorn, 1400s-1500s
Glass, lead
Inscribed, Sol in capricorn ["Sun in capricorn"]
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2020.11

Dimensions
diameter: 7 7/8 in, 20.0025 cm; overall diameter: 8 3/8 in, 21.2725 cm; depth: 1/4 in, 0.635 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Artist not known

Capricorn, 1400s-1500s

Diameter 7 ¾ in. (20 cm)

Glass, lead

Inscribed, Sol in capricorn

Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18553

This roundel of stained glass contains the zodiac sign for Capricorn, traditionally represented by a mythical creature called a sea goat, which was half goat and half fish. Here the sea goat is shown emerging from a shell. The roundel 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 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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