Predella of the High Altarpiece of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt, Hans Holbein the Elder
Hans Holbein the Elder
Predella of the High Altarpiece of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt
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Hans Holbein the Elder

Predella of the High Altarpiece of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt, 1501


Gesamtmaß mit Rahmen
76.3 x 277.5 x 5.5 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on spruce
Inventory Number
HM 17-20; LG 1
Acquisition
On permanent loan from the Historisches Museum Frankfurt since 1922, Last Supper on permanent loan from the General Association of the Catholic Church Community in Frankfurt am Main since 1964
Status
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About the Work

Along with the Crucifixion scene in the now-lost pinnacle that once crowned the altarpiece, the predella (the pedestal on which the main shrine stands) was always on view, regardless of whether it was an ordinary weekday, a Sunday, or a holiday. The images on the predella illustrate the events of the first half of Holy Week, the beginning of Christ’s Passion. The artist has highlighted the scene of the Last Supper by making it larger than the others and prominently placing it in the centre of the composition. Together with the Crucifixion in the pinnacle, the Last Supper formed a striking vertical axis of symbolic imagery that referenced the liturgical re-enactment of the Last Supper and Jesus’ death on the cross in the celebration of the Mass at the high altar in the Dominican Church.

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  • Basic information
    01:01
  • Focus on Frankfurt
    01:35
  • Focus on art history
    01:51
  • Focus on material
    01:50
  • Exhibition “Holbein and the Renaissance in the North” (2023)
    01:51

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14.05.2024