Art/ Collection/ Art Object

All Saints

Greek Painter (possibly 18th century)
Tempera on wood, gold ground
12 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (31.8 x 21 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Lillie P. Bliss, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed (in Greek): (upper left) Mary, Mother of God; (upper right) John the Forerunner; (either side of Christ's head) Jesus Christ; (on Christ's book) Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit [the kingdom] prepared [for you . . . ] [Matthew 25:34].; (below, identifying choirs of blessed) the holy women, the confessors [partially legible], the female martyrs, the just, the hierarchs, the prophets, the apostles, the male martyrs
Halvor Bagge, New York (in 1915); Lillie P. Bliss, New York (by 1920–d. 1931)
New York. Ehrich Galleries. "Halvor Bagge Collection," 1915, no. 4 (as "Triumph of the Church, the 'beardless' Christ in glory").

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. 143 (as 15th or 16th century, "Christ with Four Evangelists," bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, pp. 5–6, ill., as by a Byzantine painter, probably 17th century; identifies the youthful type of Christ as "Immanuel," suggesting that the subject, the saints praising the Lord, derives from the Te deum.

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