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Ornament with the Tree of Jesse

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1480–90

Artist:

Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
German, c. 1440/45-1503

About this artwork

Israhel van Meckenem produced many densely engraved ornament prints in which tendrils overflow with wild men and women roaming the forests. The present engraving, however, depicts a sacred subject—the symbolic Tree of Jesse (the father of King David). Jesse sleeps on the central mound, but a dreamlike vision of his progeny extends upward beyond David to Christ and his mother. This visual genealogy was used to prove Christ’s royal lineage and was also one of the earliest interpretations of a “family tree.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Israhel van Meckenem, the younger

Title

Ornament with the Tree of Jesse

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1480–1490

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

121 × 268 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.123

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