From 9/20 through 9/23, visitors may only enter through the John R entrance. All other entrances, plus the museum grounds, Kirby St and Farnsworth St will be closed during this time for Concours d'Elegance.

The Christ of the Sponge, 17th century

  • Schelte Adams Bolswert, Dutch, 1586-1659
  • Anton van Dyck, Flemish, 1599-1641
  • Martinus van den Enden, Flemish

Engraving in green-black ink on laid paper

  • Plate: 25 1/8 × 17 3/4 inches (63.8 × 45.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps


Inscribed, in plate, below image, in Latin, bottom margin, lower left: S. a. Bolswert Sculp. Inscribed, lower center: Cum privilegio Regis Subsign. Cools Inscribed, lower right: Martinus vanden Enden excudit. Inscribed, in plate, lower right of image: AVan Dijc. Inscribed, in black ink, along the bottom edge of sheet, trimmed completely off and reattached with tape: No. 162 1/2. The Christ of the Sponge. Christ on the Cross commending his mother to the beloved Disciple. By - Scheltius Bolswert.

December 1894, Huneker sale (New York, USA). Mrs. James E. Scripps [Harriet J.]

1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 2020, p. 10.

Schelte Adams Bolswert; after Anton van Dyck, The Christ of the Sponge, 17th century, engraving in green-black ink on laid paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps, 09.1S162.50.