Joachim's Sacrifice, reverse: Saint Joseph with the Christ Child, Martino Altomonte   ?
Martino Altomonte
Joachim's Sacrifice, reverse: Saint Joseph with the Christ Child
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Martino Altomonte ?

Joachim's Sacrifice, reverse: Saint Joseph with the Christ Child, 1701 – 1800


Dimensions
69.1 x 51.9 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
1641
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921 as a gift from Kurt Walter Bachstitz
Status
Not on display

Texts

About the Work

There are paintings of equal quality on either side of this oval. Joachim and Joseph – the father and husband of the Virgin Mary – were revered chiefly in southern Germany and Austria. This pair of images was perhaps carried in processions as a banner. In gratitude for the pregnancy of his aged wife, Anna, Joachim sacrificed a lamb after the conception. Joseph’s attribute is a flowering staff – according to legend, a symbol that he has been chosen as Mary’s husband. As Jesus’ ‘foster father’, he was the patron saint of marriage and child-rearing.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Joachim's Sacrifice, reverse: Saint Joseph with the Christ Child
Painter
Verso
St. Joseph with the Christ Child
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921 as a gift from Kurt Walter Bachstitz

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Apokryphen, Pseudo-Matthäusevangelium

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73A2353(+31) Joachim's thank-offering for Anna's pregnancy (+ angel(s) floating in the air)
  • 73A2331(+3) Joachim sacrificing a lamb (+ angel(s))
Secondary

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15.02.2021