Exterior Wings of the Frankfurt Dominican Altarpiece, Hans Holbein the Elder
Hans Holbein the Elder
Exterior Wings of the Frankfurt Dominican Altarpiece
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Hans Holbein the Elder

Exterior Wings of the Frankfurt Dominican Altarpiece, 1501


Gesamtmaß mit Rahmen
349.0 x 322.0 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on spruce
Inventory Number
HM 6-9
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Historisches Museum Frankfurt am Main since 1922
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Unlike the Passion scenes displayed by the Dominican altarpiece after its first opening, the picture we see when it is closed is iconographically highly unusual. On the left are the forebears of Jesus shown as half-length figures inhabiting a vine sprouting from the enthroned originator of the lineage, Jesse. The right side presents the saints of the Dominican order linked by a vine emanating from its founder, likewise enthroned. This is pure propaganda for the order – and Holbein has even given the saints the features of the Frankfurt Dominican friars!

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    Basic information
  • 01:35
    Focus on Frankfurt
  • 01:51
    Focus on art history
  • 01:50
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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Exterior Wings of the Frankfurt Dominican Altarpiece
Painter
Part of
High Altar of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt
Parts
Tree of Jesse
High Altar of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt: Tree of Jesse
Lineage of the Dominican Order
Lineage of the Dominican Order
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on spruce
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten rechts: Anno [...] Mo Vo Primo [...] Hans Hoilbayn de Augusta Me Pinxit.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Dauerleihgabe des Historischen Museums Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Historisches Museum Frankfurt am Main since 1922

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 42G1 family lineage, pedigree, genealogical tree or table
  • 73A21 tree of Jesse: genealogical tree showing Christ's ancestors, sprouting from Jesse's loins
  • 11FF4222 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child sitting on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left) - FF - the Christ-child to Mary's right
  • 11P315(DOMINICANS) monastic orders, monastic life: Dominicans
  • 11F4222 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child sitting on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left)
  • 11H(DOMINIC) Dominic(us) Guzman of Calerueja, founder of the Order of Preachers (or Dominican (Black) Friars; possible attributes: book, dog with flaming torch, lily, loaf of bread, rosary, star
Secondary

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04.08.2020