Fragment: Tree of Jesse

Virgin and Child with Evangelists' symbols

late 16th to early 17th century

Object Place: Switzerland


131 x 73 cm (51 9/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light brown and white linen threads, with touches of light blue, embroidered on undyed linen. Worked in seed, stem, and lace-like filling stiches. Tree of Jesse design: curling vine with blossoms of flowers on which the ancestors sit. Banners near figures give names. Jesse hangs from a banner in center which has an inscription on it. Left side of embroidery missing, a few brown stains but otherwise strong.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund