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The Presentation in the Temple

Byzantine Painter (15th century)
Tempera on wood, gold ground
17 1/2 x 16 5/8 in. (44.5 x 42.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Lillie P. Bliss, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
The Hypapante is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox church. According to the Gospel of Luke (2:22–38), when Joseph (far left) and the Virgin (center) presented Christ in the temple for the rite of purification forty days after his birth, his divinity was immediately recognized by Simeon (right) and the prophetess Anna (left).
Inscription: Inscribed (in Greek): (on scroll held by Anna) This Child created Heaven and Earth; (above Virgin) Mary, Mother of God; (upper left) Purification; (upper right, part of an older inscription) Purification [partially legible]
possibly Halvor Bagge, New York (in 1915); Lillie P. Bliss, New York (by 1920–d. 1931)
New York. Ehrich Galleries. "Halvor Bagge Collection," 1915, no. 5 (as "Presentation of the Christ Child to Simeon in the Temple," possibly this picture).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition," May 8–August 1920, unnumbered cat. (p. 8, lent by Lizzie P. Bliss).

New York. Museum of Modern Art. "Memorial Exhibition: The Collection of the Late Miss Lizzie P. Bliss, Vice-President of the Museum," May 17–September 27, 1931, no. 145 (as probably 16th or 17th century, bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

[Bryson Burroughs]. "Italian Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 15 (July 1920), pp. 160–61, as possibly 14th century Greek; publishes a matching description of the image from a Byzantine iconography manual, perhaps compiled in the 13th century.

Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 1, ill., attributes it to a Byzantine painter of the 15th century.

Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 102, 104, fig. 200 (color).

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