European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Seizing of Saint MarkMade in Antwerp, Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe
Artist/maker unknown, active Antwerp, Netherlandish
Oil and gold on panel
Cat. 384aJohn G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelAccording to legend, the evangelist Mark was arrested while saying mass in a cathedral of Alexandria in A.D. c. 61-62. Marcus Cruyt, an abbot at Hemiksem, near Antwerp, most likely commissioned this panel, and his coat of arms appears on the tablecloth at the bottom and again at the very top of the picture. The arms include the head of an ox (one of Saint Mark’s symbols) above a flowering plant, called a cruyt in Flemish.
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