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Jesus being portrayed by King Abgar’s painter, from a Mir’at al-quds of Father Jerome Xavier (Spanish, 1549–1617)

Jesus being portrayed by King Abgar’s painter, from a Mir’at al-quds of Father Jerome Xavier (Spanish, 1549–1617)

1602–04
Page: 26.2 x 15.6 cm (10 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2005.145.143.a
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Artist’s pigments are arranged in shells next to the brass cup for water.

Description

Jesus sits under a golden lamp with a cloth in his hand, while the artist emissary from Abgar, king of Edessa in present-day southeastern Turkey, struggles to paint a portrait of Jesus that Abgar believed would cure him of a disease. The similarity between the names Abgar and Akbar suggests that Father Jerome included this noncanonical story in his biography of Jesus to resonate with and inspire the Mughal emperor. The miraculous cloth described in this story, the Image of Edessa, also known as the Mandylion, was venerated by Christians for centuries as a relic of Christ. The original cloth was lost from Sainte-Chapelle in Paris during the French Revolution, but two copies remain: one in a church in Genoa, and the other in the Vatican.
  • Before 1930s-2005
    An Indian family in Great Britain, whose grandfather brought the manuscript to England in the 1930s or 1940s through 2005
    2005
    (Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., London, UK, 2005, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    2005-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 2005-present
  • Prince Salim's Life of Christ (Manuscript Rotation) - Gallery 115. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (December 2, 2019-July 1, 2020).
    Art and Stories from Mughal India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 31-October 23, 2016).
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