Diptych with scenes from the life of Christ
On View In:
Gallery 343
Artist:   Attributed to Master of the Passion Diptych  
Title:   Diptych with scenes from the life of Christ  
Date:   c. 1375  
Medium:   Ivory  
Dimensions:   8 3/16 x 8 3/4 in. (20.8 x 22.23 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from Mr. and Mrs. John E. Andrus III, Atherton and Winifred W. Bean, and an Anonymous Donor  
Location:   Gallery 343  

The carved scenes of this diptych (hinged two-paneled object) read from left to right, beginning at the bottom: the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Betrayal of Judas, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and Pentecost.

In the Middle Ages, wealthy nobles commissioned exquisite diptychs, illustrated prayer books, and other portable religious objects which they could carry on their frequent travels. These works provided a focus for private meditation and attested to the owner's refined taste. Visual storytelling served as an important instructional aid in an age before books were widely available.

Name:   Master of the Passion Diptych  
Role:   Sculptor  
Life Dates:   French, active c.1375  

Object Description  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   six scenes from the life of Christ; bottom row the Annunciation, Nativity and Adoration of the Magi; middle row Betrayal of Christ by Judas, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection; top row Ascension and Pentecost  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   83.72  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts