Job on the Dungheap, Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer
Job on the Dungheap
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Albrecht Dürer: Pfeifer und Trommler rechte Flügelinnenseite des sog. "Jabach-Altars"), um 1505, Mischtechnik auf Lindenholz, 94 x 51 cm, Inv.-Nr. WRM 0369, Sammlung Ferdinand Franz Wallraf, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln

Albrecht Dürer: Hll. Joseph und Joachim (linke Flügelaußenseite des sog. "Jabach-Altars"), um 1505, Mischtechnik auf Lindenholz, 96,6 x 54,5 cm, Inv.-Nr. WAF 228, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek, München

Albrecht Dürer: Hll. Simeon und Lazarus (rechte Flügelaußenseite des sog. "Jabach-Altars"), um 1505, Mischtechnik auf Lindenholz, 97 x 55,1 cm, Inv.-Nr. WAF 229, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek, München

Albrecht Dürer

Job on the Dungheap, ca. 1505


Dimensions
96.0 x 51.5 x min. 0.4 cm
height (sides)
79.1 cm
maximum depth
0.4 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on lime wood
Inventory Number
890
Acquisition
Acquired in 1840
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Along with the depiction of two musicians (Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum) this panel – later trimmed at the top – once formed the exterior of an altar retable. Job is an Old Testament figure who is repeatedly smitten with bad luck and tested by God. Here, he endures his trials on a dung heap, accompanied by his wife and friends. The latter attempt to cheer him up with music, while his spouse administers a jet of water to her sick husband in what may be an allusion to the ‘Bath of Job’ chapel in Annaberg, Saxony, presumably the painting’s original location.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Job on the Dungheap
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on lime wood
Material
Technique

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 1840

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Hiob 2,7-10

Iconclass

Primary
  • 71W5312 Job's wife pouring a bucket of water over him
Secondary
  • 31A25311(+55) 'caput manui innixum', head held in the hand(s) (+ sitting on the ground)
  • 41D211 dress, gown
  • 41B4 on fire, ablaze
  • 47G9 demolition of building
  • 41A9 ruin of a dwelling, house, castle, etc.
  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 25H11 mountains
  • 25H213 river
Associative
  • 71W3121 Job's sheep and shepherds struck by lightning
  • 71W3141 the death of Job's children

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02.12.2020