Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen (Netherlandish, ca. 1570–ca. 1613/14)
Black chalk, pen and brown ink and brown wash
sheet 5 9/16 x 8 9/16 in. (14.1 x 21.7 cm)
Edward Pearce Casey Fund, 2000 (2000.581)
This design for an oval dish beautifully illustrates that Paulus van Vianen was not only a goldsmith, but also an excellent designer and craftsman. The dish has a religious theme with four compartments containing scenes from the Passion of Christ. From left to right and top to bottom are depicted: the Capture of Christ; Ecce Homo; the Crucifixion; the Resurrection. Van Vianen further decorated the dish with angels, cherubs, and trophies containing the so-called Arma Christi. Where parts have been left empty on the left side, we can assume van Vianen intended a repetition of those motifs on the right. The only mystery remains what was to be depicted in the center of the dish.