Institution of the Sacrament

Christ sermonizing the power of his flesh and blood

early 16th–mid-16th century
Daniel Hopfer (German, about 1470–1536)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 005; Hollstein 10 i/ii


Sheet: 21.7 x 15.8 cm (8 9/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Etching from iron plate with German text from John, Chapter 6

Working on iron plates, Daniel Hopfer was the first professional etcher. His “Institution of the Sacrament” is a rare example printed in Hopfer’s own time. The animated figure group set in classicizing architecture surmounted by a German text speaks volumes about the complex cultural make-up of Germany in the age of the Reformation.


Verso lower right in graphite pencil: 14308


Verso, lower center, stamped in black ink -- mark of Yorck van Wartenburg (Lugt 2669)
Verso, lower right, stamped in purple ink -- mark of Albert Blum (Lugt 79b)


Yorck von Wartenburg (Klein Oels, Silesia, Lugt 2669); Albert Blum (1882-1952, Switzerland and Short Hills, NJ, Lugt 79b); his heirs; sold New York, Sotheby's, February 27, 1988, lot 1147; to Robert and Barbara Wheaton (Concord, MA); their gift to MFA, December 12, 2007.

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Bradford and Barbara Ketcham Wheaton