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Historical Archive: Brooches (fibulae) being worn, about 1150 to present


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Typological cross, copper with enamel, silver, and rock crystal on wood core, Mosan 1150-1200, MRAH 2293. This work has its own page.
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Virgin from Urnes, c.1150-1200, willow/polychrome, Bergen MA 46, which has its own page
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Novgorod cathedral doors, bronze, prob. 1152-54. The doors have their own page.
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gold bulla of Frederick Barbarossa, obverse, 1154-55, SMBMünz 18225152
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attendant to Helena: Stavelot Triptych, Mosan, c.1156-58, Morgan AZ001, which has its own page.
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Queen Fredegunda (d.586) from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 1160s, stone fragments and copper strips, Saint-Denis basilica. This work has its own page.
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Nerezi Lamentation/ hymnographers, 1164, which has its own page
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David summons Solomon (right), Solomon on David's mule (III Kings 1:32-38), walrus ivory, Germany c.1170-80, V&A 275-1867
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Magi: Pisa Cathedral doors, bronze, Bonannus of Pisa c.1180. This work has its own page.
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St. Oswald reliquary, c.1185-89, HildMus DS23, which has its own page with more brooches
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Fiddler, limestone, Cologne late 12th-early 13th c., Schn K163. For other views see Schn.
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man playing rebec, House of the Musicians sculpture, limestone?, 13th c., Musée Saint-Rémi, Reims. These 5 figures have their own page.
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nave ceiling Tree of Jesse, 1200-50, which has its own page with more brooches, St. Michael's, Hildesheim, which has its own pages
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brooch? Christ in Majesty, copper gilt and enamel, France c.1210, NGA 1961.9.182. This work has its own page.
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Chartres cathedral, Notre Dame de la Belle-Verrière, later parts 1215-20. For more views, see Chartres.
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Magi: Adoration of the Magi, gilt copper/enamel/rock crystal reliquary, Limoges c.1225-50, Hermitage Ф-181. For side view see Hermitage.
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font, copper alloy c.1226, Hildesheim Cathedral. This work has its own page with plainer brooches.
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Chartres cathedral, north transept windows 1234-35. For more brooches in these windows and more views see Chartres.
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John the Baptist preaching, mosaic c.1240-1310, Baptistery of St. John, Florence. This work has its own pages with many examples.
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Naumburg cathedral west choir, c.1245-50, which has its own page with triangular brooch
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Naumburg cathedral west choir windows, c.1245-60, which have their own page with many brooches
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Nicola Pisano pulpit 1260, Pisa baptistery, which has its own page with more brooches, in cathedral complex
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Agnes von Landsberg, limestone, c.1270-80, WienAb, which has its own page
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14th-c. seal matrix, convent of St. Vitus at Elten am Rhein, silver, SMBMünz 18239326, which has its own page
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badge and 14th c. mold, Thomas Becket returning from exile, BM 1890,1002.1 and 1984,0505.1. For individual works see BM.
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St. George arm reliquary, Prague 1300-25, Prague Castle HS 03343. This work has its own page.
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Giovanni Pisano pulpit 1302-10, which has its own page with another brooch, in Pisa cathedral
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Andernach city seal matrix, silver, by 1308, SMBMünz 18239319, which has its own page
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gold bulla of Louis IV the Bavarian, 1328, SMBMünz 18239302
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Giovanni di Balduccio, Charity, marble c.1330
NGA 1960.5.4. This work has its own page.
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Tino di Camaino, Madonna and Child with Queen Sancia, SS and Angels, marble, c.1335, NGA 1960.5.1. This work has its own page.
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Kloster Wienhausen nuns' choir, painted c.1335, which has its own page
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morse: bust reliquary of St. Donatus, 1346, Arezzo, Santa Maria della Pieve
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morse: Life of St. Martin of Tours, embroidered altar frontal, 2nd half of 14th c., MRAH. This work has its own page.
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worn by St. Catherine: Orcagna altarpiece 1357, Cappella Strozzi di Mantova, Florence, which has its own page
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Angel with Symphonia, marble, Pisan c.1360 prob. from Campo Santo, NGA 1960.5.14. This work has its own page.
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Prudence, Arca di Sant' Agostino, 1362-aft. 1409, San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, Pavia. This work has its own page.
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Arca di Sant' Agostino, 1362-aft. 1409, San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, Pavia. This work has its own page.
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Apocalypse cycle c.1363/65: Karlstejn Castle, Chapel of the Virgin Mary, which has its own own page.
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St. Christopher carrying Christ child: Christ, alabaster with polychrome and gilding, 15th-c. England , UMMA 1961/1.178. For additional views see UMMA.
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Bernat Martorell, St. George, Spain 1434-35, tempera on panel, AIC 1933.786. This work has its own page.
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Peter: apse paintings, 1434-37, Sion, Valère basilica, which has its own interior page with contemporary paintings
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Ivan Arip, 1435: Panagiarion, silver gilt, which has its own page
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morse: Giovanni di Paolo 1453, St. Nicholas polyptych, SPN inv. 173, which has its own page
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Three Coronations tapestry, Brussels 1446-88, Sens CT. This work has its own page.
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door with St. Peter, c.1460-70, Pedro Garcia de Benabarre, oil on wood, MFAB 97.6b. This and the companion door have their own page.
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Annunciation polyptych fr. church St. Elizabeth Wrocław, tempera on wood, c.1480, MNW Śr. 124. This work has its own page.
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Adoration of the Magi, textile/painting/bast fiber/gold leaf, late 15th c., Netherlands? Schn M715
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Crowned woman, prob. late 15th c., or Antonia Minor 1st c., sardonyx cameo, Florence MA 14553
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Life of Mary polyptych from Hamburg cathedral, Absolon Stumme 1499, MNW Śr. 432. This work has its own page with more examples.
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Lady and the Unicorn, wool/silk tapestry, c.1500, Cluny. For more panels and brooches see Cluny.
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Spinning/reading, wool/silk tapestry, c.1520, Cluny Cl. 2182. For scale and details see Cluny.
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Pope Clement VII de'Medici, Giovanni Bernardi da Castelbolognese, gilt bronze 1529-30, UCh 1977.117. For medal reverse see UCh.
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Lucretia, stained glass, circle of Master of the "Kanis Triptych", Netherlandish c.1530, CMA 1951.335. For full object see CMA.
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Charlemagne gives his sword and orb to a king of France under the auspices of a Benedictine monk of St-Denis, oil on canvas, 17th c., MAHSD 83.13.01
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Marie Antoinette (1755-93), marble, Edme Gaulle and Pierre Petitot 1830, Saint-Denis basilica. For another view see Saint-Denis Funerary Memorials.
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Joseph Bohland, nave ceiling Tree of Jesse, eastern end remade 1959-60, St. Michael's, Hildesheim, which has its own pages
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robin serving as brooch: Bertozzi/Casoni 1997, Scegli il Paradiso, majolica, which has its own page, Imola