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Casket with the Three Theological Virtues

A work made of gold, enamel, rock crystal, and lapis lazuli.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold, enamel, rock crystal, and lapis lazuli.


c. 1525-c. 1550



About this artwork

Miniature caskets might have been used in the Renaissance to house jewels or possibly saintly relics. This example features panels of engraved rock crystal, an extremely hard material of great clarity and polish that is carved only with patience and skill. The emblematic figures depicted here are modeled after the work of the sixteenth-century Italian painter Raphael.


On View, Gallery 238


Applied Arts of Europe


Casket with the Three Theological Virtues


Northern Italy (Object made in)

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Gold, enamel, rock crystal, and lapis lazuli


4.2 × 8.4 × 4.9 cm (1 5/8 × 3 5/16 × 1 15/16 in.)

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Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

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