Mary Salome and Zebedaeus (with the features of John the Constant) with their sons St. James the Greater and St. John the Evangelist, Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Mary Salome and Zebedaeus (with the features of John the Constant) with their sons St. James the Greater and St. John the Evangelist
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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Mary Salome and Zebedaeus (with the features of John the Constant) with their sons St. James the Greater and St. John the Evangelist, 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
1398C
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, room 2

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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 Salome and Zebedaeus (with the features of John the Constant) with their sons St. James the Greater and St. John the Evangelist
Painter
Altar
The Holy Kinship (so-called "Torgau Altarpiece")
Part Number / Total
3 / 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
Public Domain
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 SALOME) Mary Salome, sister of the Virgin and mother of James the Great and John the Evangelist, also one of the midwives; possible attributes: jar of ointment
  • 11I72(ZEBEDEE) male persons from the New Testament (ZEBEDEE) (ZEBEDEE)
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 49N reading
  • 11H(JOHN)2 the apostle John the Evangelist; possible attributes: book, cauldron, chalice with snake, eagle, palm, scroll - early life of male saint
  • 11H(JAMES THE GREAT)2 the apostle James the Great; possible attributes: book, pilgrim's cloak, hat, shell, staff, and wallet, scroll, sword - early life of male saint
Secondary
  • 31A531 care of the hair
  • 49MM32 book - MM - book open
  • 41AA11 palace - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 41A335 window-seat
  • 41A3372 view through a window from the inside
  • 25G11 groups of trees
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29.07.2022