The Yard of the Inn at Emmaus

David Ryckaert III (Flemish, 1612–1661)

Oil on canvas
35 5/8 x 45 3/8 in. (90.5 x 115.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1871
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Provenance

    comte Cornet de Ways Ruart, Brussels (until d. 1870); William T. Blodgett, Paris (from 1870; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, Paris, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1870–71; sold to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 49.

    Scottsdale. Arizona Art Association. "Paintings from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 22–March 21, 1954, no catalogue.

    New Paltz, N.Y. State Teachers College. April 19–24, 1954, no catalogue?

    Southampton, N.Y. Parrish Art Museum. "Paintings from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 22–August 18, 1954, unnumbered cat. (as "The Inn at Emmaus").

    New York. Union League Club. "Exhibition from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 23, 1969–January 2, 1970, checklist no. 13.

    New York Cultural Center. "Antwerp's Golden Age," November 20–December 30, 1973, not in catalogue.

  • References

    Inventory of the estate of Joannes van Hove. 1676 [published in J. Denucé, "The Antwerp Art-Galleries: Inventories of the Art-Collections in Antwerp in the 16th and 17th Centuries," The Hague, 1932, p. 269], lists two pictures—an Emmaus and a kitchen scene—by Ryckaert, possibly this picture and MMA 71.13; notes that the Emmaus is located in the house of Jaspar Bouttats [probably the engraver Gaspar Bouttats].

    F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 75.

    Delphine Fitz Darby. "A Seventeenth-Century Flemish Painting in the Cleveland Museum." Art in America 28 (July 1940), p. 107.

    Walter A. Liedtke. "Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum—II: Van Dyck, Jordaens, Brouwer, and Others." Tableau 6 (February 15, 1984), pp. 32, 34, fig. 15.

    Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 237–41; vol. 2, pl. 90, dates it probably between 1645 and 1655; discusses the subject and symbolism of this picture, as well as its relationship with the "Rustic Interior" (MMA 71.13), identifying the two as pendants; tentatively identifies the MMA works with two pictures listed in the inventory of the estate of Joannes van Hove [see Ref. Hove 1676].

    Bernadette van Haute. David III Ryckaert: A Seventeenth-Century Flemish Painter of Peasant Scenes. Turnhout, Belgium, 1999, pp. 62–63, 157–58, 163, 240 nn. 257, 260, p. 252 n. 447, no. A169, ill. p. 384, dates it probably to the late 1650s; rejects Liedtke's [see Ref. 1984] identification of this and the "Rustic Interior" (MMA 71.13) as pendants and as the works listed in the Hove inventory [see Ref. Hove 1676].

    Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 197, 200, 245, appendix 1A no. 15, ill. p. 200 and fig. 34 (installation photograph).

  • Notes

    The subject is taken from Luke 24:13–32. Both Christ's preaching and his disciples' invitation to join them at the inn appear to be depicted in the background of Ryckaert's composition. Liedtke [see Ref. 1984] indentifies this work and the "Rustic Interior" (MMA 71.13) as pendants and bases his interpretation of the pictures on their relationship. Haute [see Ref. 1999], however, refutes this relationship.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History