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The Miracle of the Palm Tree on the Flight to Egypt

Date:
ca. 1490–1510
Geography:
Made in Castile, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Walnut, gesso, paint, and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 49 3/4 x 36 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (126.4 x 92.7 x 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.184
  • Description

    This sculpture, probably from a retable (decoration behind an altar), is said to come from the Cathedral of La Calahorra in Logroño, Castile. The scene, depicting Jesus commanding the palm tree to bend down so that the Holy Family could eat its fruit, is based upon New Testament Apocrypha, episodes from the life of Jesus not recounted in the Gospels. The composition follows closely an engraving by Martin Schongauer, dated about 1476.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from the cathedral of La Calahorra in Logroño, Old Castile.; William Randolph Hearst (American, 1863–1951), New York and San Simeon (ca. 1919-1938)

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