Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Seven Scenes from the Story of the Seven Sacraments, Baptism

ca. 1435–50
South Netherlandish
Wool warp, wool and silk wefts
Overall: 63 1/2 x 90in. (161.3 x 228.6cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1907
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Below Adama and Eve with God the Father and above Marriage:
Le sacrement de mariage.
dont multiplie hain lignage.
moustra dieus quand adam crea.
et de sa coste eve fourma.
qui fu des femes la premiere.
et a adam amie chiere.

Below the Anointing of David and above Extreme Unction:
Mais la darniere unction.
qui contre la temptation.
de sa vertu donne vigeur.
moustra lunction dhonneur.
faite en ebron a david roi.
pour estre de plusfort arroi.

Below Cleansing if Naaman in the Jordan and above Baptism:

... histores de lescripture
... sait baptesme purgies
... [u]ue (or nne) de jourdaun lavez

Below Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh and above Confirmation and Orders:

Adfin qua vigheur sabandonnent
creatures prelas leu[r donnent.]
confirmation et tonsure.
et de che samblance en d[roitu]re.
Jacob le patriarche fist.
qui ses main sur II enf[ants mist].
possibly King Juan II of Spain, Alcázar of Segovia, Spain; King Enrique IV of Spain, Alcázar of Segovia, Spain (by descent); Queen Isabel la Católica, Alcázar of Segovia, Spain (in 1503); bequeathed to Capilla Real, Granada (possibly by 1505–sold 1871); Mariano Fortuny Marsal (Spanish, Reus 1838–1874 Rome), Granada and Rome (1871–75); sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 23-28, 1888, nos. 613-615; [ Bacri Frères, Paris and New York (sold 1907 to Morgan)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1907)
Atelier de Fortuny, oeuvre posthume. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, April 26–30, 1875. no. 139, p. 143.

Catalogue des objets d'art de l'orient et de l'occident, tableaux, dessins composant la collection de feu M. Albert Goupil. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, April 23–27, 1888. no. 613–15, pp. 100–101.

Hunter, George Leland. "The Burgundian Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum." The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 12, no. 57 (December 1907). pp. 185–87, pls. I–II.

"Medieval Tapestries and Sculpture on Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Compleat Collector 5, no. 3 (January 1945). p. 17.

Rorimer, James J., and William Holmes Forsyth. "The Medieval Galleries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 12, no. 6 (February 1954). p. 137.

Beeson, Nora B., ed. Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. no. 37, p. 219.

Cavallo, Adolfo S. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 7, pp. 156-173, fig. 97-101.

Navarro, Carlos G. "Testamentaría e inventario de bienes de Mariano Fortuny en Roma." Locus Amoenus 9 (2007–2008). p. 343, (as no. 452).

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