Purchase, The Cloisters Collection; Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, by exchange; Bequest of Fannie F. Einstein, in memory of Emanuel Einstein, by exchange; The Michel David-Weill Foundation, Caroline Howard Hyman, and The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts Gifts; and Bequest of Mrs. A. M. Minturn, Gift of Alice M. Dike, Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, and Fletcher Fund, by exchange, 2017
Not on view
The letter P opens to reveal the seldom-told legend of Saint Philip, whose ministry included an encounter with pagan idols and the subjugation of a dragon with foul and deadly breath. It appears that this letter was conceived in tandem with Margaret of Austria's letter M (also in the exhibition) for her brother Philip the Handsome during his stay in the Netherlands, over which he ruled prior to his untimely death in Spain in 1506.
Artist: Attributed to Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (North Netherlandish, active Strasbourg, ca. 1462–died 1473 Vienna)Date: ca. 1470Medium: Boxwood, tinted lips and eyesAccession: 1996.14On view in:Gallery 13