Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family
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Swiss, possibly from Basel, about 1490
Pot-metal and clear glass, black and brown vitreous paint, and silver stain

H: 17 5/16 x W: 12 3/16 x D: 3/8 in.

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In this playful stained-glass window, a red boar on a family's coat of arms comes to life. The beast appears sly, even a bit threatening, as he stalks an innocent looking maiden strolling under an archway. She coyly pretends not to notice him while hiding a dagger in the folds of her dress. Above them, men and women participate in a hunting expedition, an amorous pastime.

The richness of this window's design reflects the joyful spirit of the Renaissance. By then, the dark, heavy look of stained-glass windows had given way to a more colorful, light-filled aesthetic. In part, this new direction resulted from the fact that, as stained-glass windows became more affordable, people commissioned them for their homes. Subject matter changed, more often commemorating family and daily life. Scholars believe a member of a wealthy Basel family who converted from Judaism to Christianity in the early 1400s commissioned this panel.