The Four Doctors of the Church

mid 16th century
Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century (Italian), Probably after Domenico Beccafumi (Domenico di Giacomo di Pace) (Italian (Sienese), 1486–1551)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.084.35; Meyer (woodcuts after Beccafumi) 21

Dimensions

Sheet: 21.5 x 16.9 cm (8 7/16 x 6 5/8 in.)(trimmed into, and in places within, the borderline)

Accession Number

21.10808

Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from two blocks in olive brown and black

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Recto, bottom right, in pen and brown ink, "MECERINO"

Markings

Verso, center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna, Prague (1836-1909)(Lugt 2773); verso, center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)

Provenance

Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna, Prague (b. 1836 - d. 1909), Prague. Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1849 - d. 1910), Boston; by inheritance to his children, Mary Farwell (neé Ayer) Rousmanière (b. 1878 - d. 1935), NY, NY, Nathaniel Farwell Ayer (b. 1879 - d. 1948), Boston, Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1882 - d. 1963), Boston, and Elizabeth (neé Ayer) Inches (b. 1891 - d. ?); December 31, 1921, their gift to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of the Children of Dr. James B. Ayer