Master Morata, The Passion Altarpiece: Details from the left side of the predella

Aragon, circa 1470-1505
Tempera and gold on wood
The Cloisters, New York City (gift of George Blumenthal, accession numbers 11.3.1 and 35.35.19)


Credo in deum patrem omnipotentem, creatorem celi et terrae, "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth."

Et in ihesum christum filium eius unicum, dominum nostrum, "And in Jesus Christ his only son, Our Lord."

Qui conceptus est de spiritu sancto, natus ex maria virgine, "Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary."

Inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos, "From whence he will come to judge the living and the dead."

Credo in spiritum sanctum, unam, "I believe in the Holy Spirit, one…" (continues on the next scroll).

Sanctam ecclesiam catholicam, "holy catholic church."

This half of the predella pictures six of the apostles with phrases from the Apostles Creed in Latin. The first three follow the beginning of the prayer, but between the third and fourth phrases the artist has left out the words passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Patris omnipotentis, "he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day arose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father almighty." Perhaps these phrases are on the other half of the altarpiece.

St. James the Greater can be identified by the shell on his cap. The others are not identifiable.

View the entire left side of the altarpiece
More of the apostles as a group

Photographed at The Cloisters by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.