St. Elizabeth of Hungary
29 5/16 x 8 7/16 x 7 1/16 in. (74.5 x 21.5 x 18 cm)
German; made in Swabia
Medium and Support:
Bequest of Elizabeth Stebbins in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Sibley
Location: Currently on view
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was Queen of Thuringia in the early 1200s. She was an advocate of the poor and gave herself entirely to serving the hungry, weak and feeble. She distributed alms in all parts of her royal territory, even giving royal robes and ornaments to the poor. In order to care personally for the unfortunate, she built a hospital and visited the inmates daily to attend to their needs. In art, she is frequently shown carrying a loaf of bread and a jug of wine, references to her devotion to feeding the hungry.
[Gallery label text, June 2013]
Professor Robert Piloty (1863-1926), Würzburg, Germany; Sir Edgar Speyer (1862-1932), London and New York; Paul Drey Gallery, New York, NY (dealer), by 1949; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1957
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Article Title: St. Elizabeth: A Memorial Gift.
Article Scope: Article and reproduction.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Volume Number: 23,
Issue Number: 3.
Issue Date: January, 1958.
Article Scope: Reproduction only.
Rochester Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester Handbook.
Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 1961.
Article Scope: Entry and reproduction.
Treasures from Rochester: Exhibited at Wildenstein Galleries, New York, April 14-May 28, 1977: Summary Catalogue.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1977.
Grant Holcomb, III, ed.
Voices in the Gallery: Writers on Art.
Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2001.
Article Author: Hilary, John.
Article Title: Reconstructing the Renaissance: the collection of Edgar and Leonora Speyer.
Article Scope: Mention.
The Burlington Magazine.
London, England: Burlington Magazine
Issue Number: 164.
Issue Date: November 2022.
Page Number: 1111 and n. 42
Article Author: Timmermann, Achim.
Article Scope: Discussion and reproduction.
Joan A. Holladay
and Susan L. Ward.
Gothic Sculpture in America.
New York, NY: International Center of Medieval Art, 1989.
Volume Number: 3
Page Number: 171-172,
Figure Number: 100
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