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Fragment of The Virgin and the Spanish Saints
Fragment of The Virgin and the Spanish Saints
Date:
ca. 1440–1468
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
188 x 167.6 cm (74 x 66 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
Flemish
Provenance:

Dona Juana Enriques, before 1468
Isabella the Catholic, until 1503
Capilla Real, until 1871
Hotel Drouot Sale, 27-30 April 1875, no. 140
French and Company, 1925
Hélène Irwin Crocker Fagan

Accession Number:
1975.5.27
Acquisition Date:
1974-12-10
Credit Line:

Bequest of Hélène Irwin Fagan

Exhibition History:

Five Centuries of Tapestry, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1976
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1992
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 11/95 - 8/97
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 10/98 - 2/01

The nine churchmen in full ecclesiastical regalia are saints and martyrs who were born in Spain, as is inscribed at the base of the panel: “QUI IN HISPANIA NATI SUNT”. Ranged in three tiers, all have ornamented haloes and wear copes. The three archbishops carry crosiers; the six bishops and abbots hold pastoral staffs. Scrolls identify each saint by name. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): pp. 26 - 28.