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Seven Scenes from the Story of the Seven Sacraments, Jacob Blessing Ephraim and Manasseh

Date:
ca. 1435–50
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool warp, wool and silk wefts
Dimensions:
Overall: 91 x 54in. (231.1 x 137.2cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1907
Accession Number:
07.57.4
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Below Adama and Eve with God the Father and above Marriage:
    Le sacrement de mariage.
    dont multiplie hain lignage.
    moustra dieus quand adam crea.
    et de sa coste eve fourma.
    qui fu des femes la premiere.
    et a adam amie chiere.

    Below the Anointing of David and above Extreme Unction:
    Mais la darniere unction.
    qui contre la temptation.
    de sa vertu donne vigeur.
    moustra lunction dhonneur.
    faite en ebron a david roi.
    pour estre de plusfort arroi.

    Below Cleansing if Naaman in the Jordan and above Baptism:

    ... histores de lescripture
    ... sait baptesme purgies
    ... [u]ue (or nne) de jourdaun lavez

    Below Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh and above Confirmation and Orders:

    Adfin qua vigheur sabandonnent
    creatures prelas leu[r donnent.]
    confirmation et tonsure.
    et de che samblance en d[roitu]re.
    Jacob le patriarche fist.
    qui ses main sur II enf[ants mist].

  • Provenance

    possibly King Juan II of Spain, Alcázar of Segovia, Spain; King Enrique IV of Spain, Alcázar of Segovia, Spain (by descent); Queen Isabel la Católica, Alcázar of Segovia, Spain (in 1503); bequeathed to Capilla Real, Granada (possibly by 1505–sold 1871); Mariano Fortuny Marsal (Spanish, Reus 1838–1874 Rome), Granada and Rome (1871–75); sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (Atelier de Fortuny, April 26-30, 1875, no. 139); sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 23-28, 1888, nos. 613-615; [ Bacri Frères, Paris and New York (sold 1907 to Morgan)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1907)

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