Emblematic Representation, Karel van Mander
Karel van Mander
Emblematic Representation
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Karel van Mander

Emblematic Representation, 1600


Dimensions
31.1 x 25.6 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
2088
Object Number
2088R
Acquisition
Acquired in 1961
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The copper panel portrays the lawless pursuits of mankind before the Flood with complexly contorted nude figures featuring elegantly elongated limbs. Only upon closer inspection do we discover – beneath the stormdarkened sky in the background – the construction site of the ark which will save Noah and his family from the judgement of God. On the back of the panel, an emblem comments on the event. The learned contemporary will have been able to decipher the individual motifs in this picture puzzle and recognized the relationship they bear to the Biblical scene.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Emblematic Representation
Painter
Front
Before the Flood, reverse: Emblematic Depiction
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert auf der Steinplatte im Vordergrund links: KVM 1600 (KVM ligiert)

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 1961

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 46A122 armorial bearing, heraldry
Secondary

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18.01.2021