The Jews Collecting the Twelve Stones from the River Jordan
Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlandish, Aelst 1502–1550 Brussels)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, over black chalk, squared for transfer in black chalk
sheet: 11 7/8 x 18 3/4 in. (30.1 x 47.7 cm)
Purchase, 2001 and 2000 Benefit Funds, and The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2002
Not on view
Inscription: At lower centre, inscribed "Præcepto domnj filijs|Israel Jordanem Transeuntibus. xij. ex ipsis Viri Singulj, ½ [?]|Singules in rej gestæ memoriam deferunt Lapides." in pen and dark brown ink, by the artist; to the right of the third line of this inscription, dated ".1527." in pen and light brown ink (16th-century handwriting); at lower right to the right the inscription "dragen xij steenen wter jordane//worden ooc [?] xij [...] inde iordane […]" in pen and light brown ink, possibly by the artist; at lower left, inscribed "Cocke|Van alost" in pen and brown ink (18th- or 19th-century handwriting?); at lower right the collector's mark attributed to Pascalis (Lugt 2707 + Supplément), with the number "42" in pen (?) and grey ink; to the right, the number "11" in pen and dark brown ink, by or for Pierre Crozat (Lugt 3612)
Marking: Stamped with a collector's mark, possibly of Mr. Pascalis in Marseille, with an inscribed number, in pen and brown ink: "42" (Lugt 2707)
Everhard Jabach (French, 1618–1695 Paris); Pierre Crozat (French, Toulouse 1665–1740 Paris); his sale, Paris, April 10, 1741, lot 797; Jean-Baptiste Glomy (French, Paris 1711–1786 Paris), Paris (?); Mr. Pascalis, Marseille, and his sale, Marseille, December 20, 1869; Didier Aaron, Inc. (Paris); Private collection, France; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 27, 2003–April 28, 2003.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 3, 2011–April 4, 2011.
Pierre Jean Mariette Description sommaire des desseins des grands maistres d'Italie, des Pays-Bas et de France du cabinet de Feu M. Crozat; A Paris, chez Pierre-Jean Mariette, ruë S. Jacques, aux Colonnes d'Hercules. Sale cat. Paris, 1741, cat. no. part of lot 797.
Didier Aaron, Inc. Tableaux et dessins anciens [Exposition Paris 22 Novembre - 22 Décembre 1978]. 1978, cat. no. 10.
R. Bauer Tapisserien der Renaissance nach Entwürfen von Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Exh. cat. Vienna, 1981, fig. no. 3, pp. 21-22, ill.
Karel G. Boon The Netherlandish and German Drawings of the XVth and XVIth centuries of The Frits Lugt Collection. Collection Frits Lugt-Fondation Custodia, 1, Paris, 1992, p. 94, p. 95 note 20 (as contemporary, likely a studio assistant), p. 94, p. 95 note 20.
Christie's, London Old Master Drawings including Leonardo da Vinci's 'Horse and Rider'. Sale cat. London, July 10, 2001, p. 187, under cat. 148.
Bernadette Py "Everhard Jabach collectionneur (1618-1695): les dessins de l'inventaire de 1695." Notes et Documents des musées de France. vol. 36, Paris, 2001, cat. no. 266, ill.
Catalogue VII: Première partie: tableaux et dessins. Didier Aaron, New York, 2002, cat. no. 1, ill.
Artist: Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlandish, Aelst 1502–1550 Brussels)Date: Between ca. 1550 and 1560Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread
19-23 warps per inch, 8-10 per cm.Accession: 57.62On view in:Not on view