Saint Thomas and Saint James the Lesser (or Saint Judas Thaddaeus?) (from the series of Apostles, shown half-length in pairs)
Israhel van Meckenem (German, about 1440/45–1503)
Bartsch 081; Geisberg 252; Lehrs 296 (I/II); Hollstein-Koreny 296
Sheet: 21.2 x 14.5 cm (8 3/8 x 5 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Inscribed in plate, lower left scroll: . Descedit . ad . inferna . ; lower right scroll: Asced . ad . celos
Signed in plate, lower center below engraved border: . I . M .
Watermark: jug with cross; verso, collector's stamp in black: H.W. [Hermann Webber; Lugt 1383]; in pen: F.D. 1841 [François Debois; Lugt 985]
1841, François Debois (d. about 1845?), Paris; November 26-30, 1844, his sale, Paris. Hermann Webber (b. 1817 - d. 1854), Bonn; September 17 and following days, 1855, Webber collection sale, Leipzig. Strawberry Hill; Vienna Hofbibliothek and Albertina duplicate; December, 1925, purchased from Colnaghi (dealer) by the MFA.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund