Mary Cleophas and Alphaeus (with the features of Frederick the Wise) with two of their sons, Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Mary Cleophas and Alphaeus (with the features of Frederick the Wise) with two of their sons
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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Mary Cleophas and Alphaeus (with the features of Frederick the Wise) with two of their sons, 1509


Dimensions
120.0 x 43.5 x min. 0.7 cm
maximum depth
1.0 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
1398
Object Number
1398B
Acquisition
Purchased in 1906 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung, Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., the City of Frankfurt am Main, and donations
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Acquisition

Among the earliest major commissions which Lucas Cranach the Elder carried out in 1509 as court painter to the Electorate of Saxony was the so-called Torgau Altar. The altar was acquired with the help of several sponsors in 1906 at the auction of the Molinier Collection in Paris. The money required to secure this magnificent work for Frankfurt was provided jointly by the City of Frankfurt, private art lovers, the Städelscher Museums-Verein and the recently founded Carl Schaub'sche Stiftung. For Cranach researchers, its arrival at the museum was a small sensation: although the altar clearly bore the signature of the master himself, the work was previously unknown in the relevant literature on the artist.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Mary Cleophas and Alphaeus (with the features of Frederick the Wise) with two of their sons
Painter
Altar
The Holy Kinship (so-called "Torgau Altarpiece")
Part Number / Total
2 / 5
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
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
Purchased in 1906 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung, Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., the City of Frankfurt am Main, and donations

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 678

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11HH(MARY KLEOPHAS) Mary Kleophas, sister of the Virgin Mary, mother of James the Less ('Maria Jacobi'); possible attributes: jar of ointment
  • 11H(ALPHÄUS) male saints (ALPHÄUS)
  • 31A231(+4) standing figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 11H(JAMES THE LESS)2 the apostle James the Less, first bishop of Jerusalem; possible attributes: book, fuller's club, scroll - early life of male saint
  • 42A31 nursing, suckling
  • 11H(JOSEPH BARSABBAS)2 male saints (JOSEPH BARSABBAS) - early life of male saint
  • 31A2351 sitting on the ground
  • 49N reading
Secondary
Associative

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19.01.2022