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The Triumph of Fame over Death: C.38-1983

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Triumph of Fame over Death


Production: Coecke van Aelst, Pieter I (Style of)




Clear glass, silver-stained and painted, yellow and brown with border of blue glass. The Triumph of Fame over Death. The winged figure of Fame stands on a golden car drawn by two lions, blowing a double trumpet. In front of her is a low reading-desk on which four books are visible, and behind follows a group of armed men, on e with unsheathed sword; to the left, in the background, a man carries two pillars and in the far distance are classical ruins. In the foreground lie the prostrate figures of the three Fates.


History note: From the collection of Dr C.A. Ralegh Radford, FSA. In the possession of the vendor's father at Bradninch Manor from at least 1918-21 to his death in 1925 and then in the possession of the vendor and his mother there until 1949 when the panel and its companion were removed. See letter of 16th September, 1983. They may have been in the vendor's father's possession since 1914.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, with a grant-in-Aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Antwerp ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-07-25) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


16th Century, Mid#
Circa 1540 CE - 1550 CE


Style of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (c.1502-50), probably from his workshop or that of a glass painter influenced by him.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Border composed of blue glass

Materials used in production

Clear glass

Techniques used in production

Staining : Clear glass, silver-stained and painted, yellow and brown with border of blue glass

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.38-1983
Primary reference Number: 28210
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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