The Presentation in the Temple

Byzantine Painter (15th century)

Tempera on wood, gold ground
17 1/2 x 16 5/8 in. (44.5 x 42.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Lillie P. Bliss, 1931
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed (in Greek): (on scroll held by Anna) This Child created Heaven and Earth; (above Virgin) Mary, Mother of God; (upper left) Purification; (upper right, part of an older inscription) Purification [partially legible]

  • Provenance

    possibly Halvor Bagge, New York (in 1915); Lillie P. Bliss, New York (by 1920–d. 1931)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. Ehrich Galleries. "Halvor Bagge Collection," 1915, no. 5 (as "Presentation of the Christ Child to Simeon in the Temple," possibly this picture).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition," May 8–August 1920, unnumbered cat. (p. 8, lent by Lizzie P. Bliss).

    New York. Museum of Modern Art. "Memorial Exhibition: The Collection of the Late Miss Lizzie P. Bliss, Vice-President of the Museum," May 17–September 27, 1931, no. 145 (as probably 16th or 17th century, bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

  • References

    [Bryson Burroughs]. "Italian Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 15 (July 1920), pp. 160–61, as possibly 14th century Greek; publishes a matching description of the image from a Byzantine iconography manual, perhaps compiled in the 13th century.

    Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 1, ill., attributes it to a Byzantine painter of the 15th century.

    Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 102, 104, fig. 200 (color).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History