Lower right, along back edge of sword blade: O P VS JOHANNES MATSIIS; Lower right, on blade near hilt: [...] 1543
Private collection, Spain. By 1902, William Turner Dannat (b. 1853 - d. 1929), Paris [see note 1]; 1912, sold by William T. Dannat to the MFA for $6790. (Accession Date: October 3, 1912) NOTES:  William Turner Dannat was an American painter who worked in Spain and settled in Paris. He acquired several paintings in Spain, probably including this one; according to notes in the MFA curatorial file it had been in a private collection there. When and how it came into Dannat's possession, however, is not known. He lent the painting to the "Exposition des Primitifs Flamands à Bruges" (Bruges, 1902), cat. no. 241.
Abbott Lawrence Fund and Picture Fund