Jul 21, 2006

Christ the Redeemer (Salvator Mundi)

Christ the Redeemer (Salvator Mundi)

c. 1490-1500

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440-1503)


John L. Severance Fund 1949.563

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs IX.172.161

State: only state



Trained as a goldsmith, Meckenem displayed the decorative potential of his art by engraving a glimmering burst of sword-like rays around Christ’s head and a variety of patterns on Christ’s robe, his jeweled sash, and the tapestries draping the gothic pulpit. The presentation of Christ within ecclesiastic architecture symbolically connects Christ’s authority as Salvator Mundi—Savior of the World—with the Church.

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PR - Engraving
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