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Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene ("Noli Me Tangere")

A work made of wool, silk, and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, slit tapestry weave with some 2:2 interlacing in alternate alignment of some gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk wefts.
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  • A work made of wool, silk, and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, slit tapestry weave with some 2:2 interlacing in alternate alignment of some gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk wefts.

Date:

1485/1500

Artist:

Southern Netherlands, possibly Brussels

About this artwork

This small-scale devotional tapestry depicts the Noli me tangere theme: Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection and counseling her "Touch me not." Textiles featuring this motif were popular during the 15th and 16th centuries with wealthy patrons throughout Western Europe. Household inventories suggest that images of Mary Magdalene held a special appeal for noblewomen.

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Title

Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene ("Noli Me Tangere")

Origin

Southern Netherlands

Date

Made 1485–1500

Medium

Wool, silk, and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, slit tapestry weave with some 2:2 interlacing in alternate alignment of some gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk wefts

Inscriptions

Inscription: NOLI ME TANGERE (Do not touch me)

Dimensions

111.2 × 111.5 cm (43 3/4 × 43 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1937.1098

Extended information about this artwork

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