Lucas van Leyden (Netherlandish, Leiden ca. 1494–1533 Leiden)
sheet: 11 1/4 x 8 7/16 in. (28.6 x 21.5 cm) (trimmed to plate line)
Rogers Fund, 1921
Not on view
The subject of this print is a rarely illustrated episode from the popular medieval book The Travels of Sir John Mandeville. One night, while Mohammed, the monk's student, was asleep, his men killed the hermit with Mohammed's own sword and put it back into its sheath. As Mohammed awoke, they persuaded him that he was the killer. Master storyteller Lucas van Leyden takes great delight in describing every detail, from the Mohammed's distinctive clothing to individual leaves on the tree in the middle ground and further to the castles in the background.
Marking: Alfred Morrison (Lugt 151); Peter Gellatly (Lugt 1185); Paul J. Sachs (Lugt 2091) Watermark: serpent (Piccard 43266)
Alfred Morrison (British, active London, 1821–1897 Fonthill); Peter Gellatly (British, 1831–1912); his sale with C. E. Baxter, H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, May 13-18, 1911, lot 669; Paul J. Sachs; Vendor: Paul J. Sachs (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 5, 2001–January 28, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.