[Jesus Christ] This Present Figure Is The Similitude of Our Lord IHVOure Savior Imprinted In Amirauld By The Predesessors Of The Greate Turke And Sent To The Pope Innosent The VIII At The Cost Of The Grete Turke For AS Token For This Cawse To Dedeme His Brother That Was Takyn Preso/nor.
Stipple and etching with large margins. 240 x 200mm (9˝ x 8").
A rendering of an ‘Emerald Icon’, with the portrait painted on a gold-leaf background. These were copied from a gift sent to Pope Innocent VIII in the 1490s by the ‘Great Turk’, Bajazet, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Although the describes it as part of a ransom, Innocent was holding Bajazet’s brother and rival Prince Dschem captive in Rome at the request of the Sultan. Six English Emerald Icons are known to exist, including one dating c.1500 in the National Portrait Gallery. The others are later, made for secret Catholic masses after relic worship was banned after Henry VIII's break from Rome.
[Ref: 36591] £75.00