St. Martin Embroideries

Circa 1430-35
Silk and metal thread on linen
Metropolitan Museum of Art

These seven panels present episodes in the Life of St. Martin by Sulpitius Severus, On the Life of St. Martin.


Hilary of Poitiers ordains Martin an acolyte. (Chpt. V in Sulpitius Severus. Read in the Golden Legend, view full resolution.)


Attacked by brigands in the Alps, Martin converts them. (Chpt. V in Sulpitius Severus. Read in the Golden Legend, view full resolution.)


Martin tells his family of his conversion. The father (in the green cape) reacts with dismay. (Read in the Golden Legend, view full resolution.)


Martin dines with royalty but gives precedence to a simple priest. (Chpt. XX in Sulpitius Severus. Read in the Golden Legend, view full resolution.)


The Empress Elen's reverence for Martin. (Chpt. VI in Sulpitius Severus, Dialogue II. View full resolution.)


After attacking Martin, some horsemen repent and ask his forgiveness. (View full resolution.)


Martin brings a dead man back to life. (Chpt. VII in Sulpitius Severus. Read in the Golden Legend, view full resolution.)

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Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license