Christ Appears in front of Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere), Claude Lorrain
Claude Lorrain
Christ Appears in front of Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere)
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Claude Lorrain

Christ Appears in front of Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere), 1681


Dimensions
84.9 x 141.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1479
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Claude Lorrain is renowned for his light-suffused paintings of ideal landscapes with figures. He executed this work in 1681 for the Roman cardinal Fabrizio Spada. Depicted in the foreground is the risen Christ appearing on Easter morning to Mary Magdalene. With the words “Noli me tangere” (“Touch me not”), he keeps her from approaching him. On the right, the other two Marys can be seen with the angel in front of Christ’s empty tomb. Here, the biblical subject provides, above all, a welcome occasion for a well-wrought and extensive ideal landscape.

About the Acquisition

In 1905 Carl Schaub, who lived in Frankfurt's Westend district, created a foundation which was to inherit his fortune of about one million marks. In agreement with the Städel administration, the foundation's advisory board was to use the interest to purchase art for the museum. According to the records of Dr. Alexander Berg, the lawyer entrusted with the task and an administrator at the Städel, after he had signed his will Schaub formally expressed his thanks as a donor and wished all the best for the future. During the following night, on 21 June 1905, the fifty-four-year-old Schaub took his own life. Even before the First World War, the interest from the foundation enabled the Städel to purchase pictures by Claude Lorrain and Tintoretto. Today the works purchased with the funds from the Carl Schaub Foundation are primarily destined for the Graphische Sammlung.

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  • 01:04
    Basic information
  • 01:19
    Focus on Frankfurt
  • 01:59
    Focus on religion
  • ASK AN ARTWORK – Fragen an die Kunst, Antworten aus dem Home Office: Claude Lorrain #StaydelAtHome
    Ein Wunder! Jesus ist von den Toten auferstanden und Maria Magdalena die erste Zeugin. Aber wieso sind die Hauptdarsteller dieses Gemäldes nur so klein? Und warum sieht Jesus wie ein Gärtner aus? In der Serie ASK AN ARTWORK beantwortet die Kunsthistorikerin Anna Huber (Mitarbeiterin der Abteilung Bildung und Vermittlung) aus dem Home Office Fragen, die wir an die Kunst haben. Denn während der Coronakrise kommt das Städel zu Ihnen, auch an den Feiertagen: #StaydelAtHome Findet Claude Lorrains Werk "Landschaft mit Christus, der Maria Magdalene erscheint" in der Digitalen Sammlung: https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/landschaft-mit-christus-der-maria-magdalena-erscheint It's a miracle! Jesus has risen from the dead and Mary Magdalene is the first witness to the impossible. But how come the main protagonists in this painting are so small, that you almost have to search for them like hidden Easter eggs? And why does Jesus look like a gardener? In the series ASK AN ARTWORK art historian Anna Huber (Educational Department of the Städel Museum) answers the questions that we have for art – from home office. Because during the Corona-Crisis, if you can’t come to the Städel Museum, then the Städel Museum will come to you: #StaydelAtHome Find Claude Lorrain's "Christ Appears in front of Mary Magdalene" in our Digital Collection: https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/en/work/christ-appears-in-front-of-mary-magdalene

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Christ Appears in front of Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: CLAVDIO IVF ROMAE 1681

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Johannes 20,16-17

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73E31(+3) Mary Magdalene kneeling before Christ, who is usually represented as a gardener with a hoe and/or a spade; 'Noli me tangere' (+ angel(s))
  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 61E(JERUSALEM) names of cities and villages (JERUSALEM)
Secondary
  • 25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city
  • 42E3711 burial mound
  • 41A54 fence, wall, paling
  • 25G11 groups of trees

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04.08.2020