The Baptism of Christ from a set of The Passion

Design based on an engraving by Martin Schongauer German
Unidentified Weaver's Mark
and Unidentified Weaver's Mark

Not on view

With subtlety and dexterity, this tapestry's weavers- who apparently used the monograms AR and ICM- borrowed, enlarged, reversed, and added color to Martin Schongauer’s design for the Baptism of Christ engraving of circa 1470-74.

This panel is part of a group of similarly sized scenes from the New Testament, woven across more than two decades, all closely based upon printed prototypes by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Baldung Grien, Hans Schäufelein and Hans Wechtlin, as well as by Schongauer. Together with other surviving tapestry panels now in the Museum Haus Löwenberg in Gengenbach and spread across private collections, these small, captioned Biblical scenes were probably made on speculation for sale to Protestant individuals and religious institutions in the Strasburg area around the turn of the seventeenth century.

The Baptism of Christ from a set of The Passion, Design based on an engraving by Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach) (The Baptism of Christ), Wool, silk, metal thread (20 warp threads per inch, 8 per cm.), German, Alsace, possibly Strasbourg

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