While there many gorgeous and historical art works present at National Gallery of Art, I shall only compare and contrast the functions, materials and the context of a pair art works. The first art work is called Reliquary Châsse, which was made in Limoges; a city of French that well-known for copper work. The birth years of the art was written in between 1175 to 1180 CE. The art work is now a donation from Widerner Collection since 1942 to National Gallery of Art. On other hand, the second art work is called Book Cover with Christ in Majesty, which was also made in French in 1210 CE. It is now a donation from Samuel H. Kress Collection since 1961 to National Gallery of Art.
Moving into the first point of view, reliquary is a term uses to call containers of relics. Therefore, the Reliquary Châsse might have been used to contain a relic and present in a church. The material of the box is champlevé enamel on gilded copper with oak core. Despite the cheap material compare to Romansque goldsmith works, the reliquary still gives a golden shine color of luxury. People can also easily find the joint between layers of gilded copper with oak core throughout nicely repeated around the reliquary. By judging the way that reliquary was painted, it clearly demonstrated the hard work of handmade through of the work. In addition, people can take a closer look at the floral design amazing covers the entire work. On other hand, the Book Cover with Christ in Majesty was also made out of