Et Ihesum benedictus
This piece completes the Marian cycle contained in The Hail. Noteworthy women from the Old Testament are recalled here, such as Bathsheba and Judith. The landscape becomes paramount with the representation of a multiple shipwreck in the sea, whence the intercession of Mary is asked for. As in the other pieces, the escutcheons of the donor and the mark of Brussels are included. Despite its technical similarity to other tapestries of the period, such as the Hunts of Maximilian (Paris, Musée du Louvre), the author of the cartoons has not been ascertained.
Although the four tapestries are very similar, it could be argued that this and the third one make up a specific pair, as opposed to the first two, which would also match each other. One reason for this is that here we find again the Trinity and also the Virgin, located on the left side, opposite to the one they occupied in the third tapestry in the series. This inscription is deployed at her feet ‘Et Ihesvm, benedictv[s] fructv[s] ventris tvi, nobis post hoc exilivm ostende. O clemens, O pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria’ (and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary). These are the final petitions of the Salve Regina.
Women from the Old Testament
The repetitive characters shown in the lower part also carry inscriptions which, as in the other tapestries, contain biblical texts with indication of their original book. Some inscriptions recall noteworthy women from the Old Testament, such as Bathsheba and Judith, who somehow foreshadow the Virgin.
The landscape gains special relevance, although its general concept is not a far cry from the preceding tapestries. This one shows the sea and a multiple shipwreck; those who managed to board a boat cry out to Mary for their salvation.
Series The Hail
Fourth tapestry in the series
Manufacture Brussels’ workshops, a possible manufacture by Marc Crétif, c. 1528
Size 414 x 660 cm
Fabric Silk and wool
Location Cathedral of Palencia
Origin A bequest of Bishop Fonseca in 1529
On display North wing of the crossing