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St. Martin and the Beggar
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St. Martin and the Beggar

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The hat badge depicts St. Martin and the beggar, represented according to the usual iconographic type: the youthful saint, riding a horse, turns in his saddle towards the beggar and cuts his cloak in two to share it with him. Very often the beggar was represented as a cripple in rags with a wooden leg. Here he is naked, except for a loin-cloth. The border is studded with "jewels" in raised enamels over foil spangles, with gilt scrolls between, and an outer line of drops of white enamel. Inscribed in faded gilding in the blue ground between the legs of the horse: SM (Sanctus Martinus).
Date Description Narrative
10/14/1940Treatmentcoated; cleaned
4/26/1961Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
1/07/1963Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
1/22/1980Examinationexamined for condition
4/21/2003Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Sale, Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome, April 21, 1902, lot 340; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] SM; [Transliteration] S(aint) M(artin)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1902

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1st half 16th century (Renaissance)
painted enamel on copper
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Diam: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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