Reverse Painting

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Reverse Painting
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L: 15 1/8", W: 13"
Not on Display
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass; blown (sheet glass), painted, silvered. Flat, rectangular sheet; painted on the back side with a portrait bust of a young man or woman (a Saint) on a gray background, with a radiance behind his head; long curly hair; wearing a tan shirt with brown trim, and an orange robe over his shoulder; in an elaborate gilt gessoed wood frame with molded flowers and shells at the corners, and four inset mirror panels; cardboard backing; the back of the frame inscribed in white chalk "37123".
Kamer Gallery, Source
Reverse Paintings on Glass: The Mildred Lee Ward Collection (1978) illustrated, p. 114, #437; BIB# 29255