Saint Martin with his Horse on a Ship

Johannes I van Doetecum (d. 1605), Lucas van Doetecum (active 1554-1572), and Hieronymus Bosch (Netherlandish, 1440-1516)c. 1561

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

During the 16th century, November 11 brought the feast day of Saint Martin in Northern Europe, accompanied by boisterous parties and drinking “St. Martin’s wine.” This print depicts one such feast gone awry, with the sins of gluttony, greed, and sloth on full display among the crowd of beggars and devils who fight for their chance at the wine, or for no apparent reason. In the center of the scene, Saint Martin stands ready to divide his cloak in order to share it with a beggar, the single act of charity in the scene.

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  • Title: Saint Martin with his Horse on a Ship
  • Creator: Johannes I van Doetecum (d. 1605), Lucas van Doetecum (active 1554-1572), Hieronymus Bosch (Netherlandish, 1440-1516)
  • Date Created: c. 1561
  • Physical Dimensions: Plate: 33.8 x 42.7 cm (13 5/16 x 16 13/16 in.)
  • Provenance: P. de Ramaix, Albert van Loock [1917-2011?], Brussels, Belgium, (Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, Germany), (Eric Gillis Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium), The Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2020.99
  • Medium: etching on laid paper
  • Inscriptions: Bottom right: Iher°nimùs bos inúetor; further right: H. COCK exc., Text in legend below, De[n] goede[n] Sínte Marten is hier gestalt: onder al dit grue pel Vuijl arm gespuijs: haer deijlende sijnen mantele inde stede Va[n] gelt: nou Vechte[n]se om de proije dit quaet gedruijs, First state of three (i/iii)
  • Fun Fact: The artist of this boisterous scene combined a saint’s charitable act with all manner of excessive behaviors that takes place in a contemporary coastal city much like that where the print was made.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Netherlands, 16th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland
  • Collection: PR - Etching
  • Accession Number: 2020.99

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