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Apostles in Prayer

ca. 1400–1410
South Netherlandish
Overall (without base): 19 5/16 x 12 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (49.1 x 32.7 x 11.1 cm) Overall (with base): 21 1/8 x 16 x 5 1/8 in. (53.6 x 40.7 x 13 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This relief depicts an episode from Christ’s final appearance, following the Resurrection, when he revealed himself to the apostles gathered in prayer. The work is stylistically related to the reliefs in the choir of the church of Notre-Dame at Hal, Belgium, which are dated 1409.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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