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
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921 as a gift from Kurt Walter Bachstitz

Work Content

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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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01.02.2023