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The Este Diptych

These two panels form a diptych and were originally bound together in purple silk velvet so that they opened and closed like a book.

The diptych appears to have belonged to Eleonora of Aragon, Duchess of Ferrara and consort of Ercole I d'Este, and would have been prized by her as an aid to religious meditation and as an exquisite example of the work of her brilliant court painter.

Paintings in this group: The Este Diptych

Painting
Ercole de' Roberti
about 1490
Ercole de' Roberti: 'The Adoration of the Shepherds'
Painting
Ercole de' Roberti
about 1490
Ercole de' Roberti: 'The Dead Christ'