Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Valencian School, 15th Century
PROPERTY FROM A FLORIDA ESTATE
Valencian School, 15th Century

The Emperor Heraclius defeating Chosroes; and The Emperor Heraclius carrying the True Cross into Jerusalem

Details
Valencian School, 15th Century
The Emperor Heraclius defeating Chosroes; and The Emperor Heraclius carrying the True Cross into Jerusalem
tempera and gold on panel
the first: 29 ¼ x 28 ¼ in. (74.3 x 71.8 cm.); the second: 33 3/8 x 28 3/8 in. (84.8 x 72.1 cm.)
(2)a pair
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 3 October 1996, lot 76.

Condition report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

These panels illustrate two episodes from the Legend of the True Cross. The first shows the Emperor Heraclius defeating Chosroes II, the last King of the Sasanian Empire, whose armies had seized the True Cross following their conquest of the Levant. The second shows Heraclius restoring the True Cross to the city of Jerusalem, following its recapture by the Byzantines. The Emperor is depicted in his undergarments as requested by an angel, who bade him to humble himself. Upon stripping off his armor, the Cross became miraculously light and the gates of the city sprung open of their own accord.

More from Old Masters

View All
View All