St. Joseph with the Christ Child, Martino Altomonte   ?
Martino Altomonte
St. Joseph with the Christ Child
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Martino Altomonte ?

St. Joseph with the Christ Child, 1701 – 1800


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

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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.

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Title
St. Joseph with the Christ Child
Painter
Recto
Joachim's Sacrifice, reverse: Saint 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

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  • 11H(JOSEPH)4(+31) the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools - non-miraculous activities and events ~ male saint (+ angels floating in the air)
  • 11D2 Christ as child or youth (in general) ~ Christian religion

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15.02.2021