The Adoration of the Magi, Master of the von Groote Adoration
Master of the von Groote Adoration
The Adoration of the Magi
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Master of the von Groote Adoration

The Adoration of the Magi, 1516 – 1519


Dimensions
max. 114.6 x 84.8 cm
minimum height
90.5 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
2253
Object Number
2253A
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 as donation of Dagmar Westberg
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

In the sixteenth century Antwerp, a major trade metropolis, became one of north-western Europe’s leading art centres. Among its many painters’ workshops were a number of studios that worked closely with one another. For want of a better name, the respective artists are collectively known as the ‘Antwerp Mannerists’. One of their main representatives, the ‘Master of the von Groote Adoration’, was named after this work. Here, he depicted the ‘Adoration of the Magi’ in a wealth of detail, accompanying it with two Old Testament scenes that serve as a commentary.

About the Acquisition

Descended from a Baltic-Hamburg entrepreneurial family, Dagmar Westberg lived in Frankfurt am Main since the end of the war. Her great uncle Oskar Troplowitz, who led the Beiersdorf company to success, was already a great patron of the arts and bequeathed numerous pieces of art to the Kunsthalle Hamburg, including works by Renoir, Sisley, Picasso and Liebermann. Dagmar Westberg then continued this tradition and supported the Städel Museum for many years. The Dagmar Westberg Foundation, founded in 2000, has enabled important purchases for the Städel Prints and Drawings Collection to this day. In addition, it promotes art historical publications and activities, awards scholarships to young art historians and grants subsidies for restoration works at the Städel Art Institute. Even though especially our Prints and Drawings Collection benefits from the generous support of the Dagmar Westberg Foundation, the painting collections, however, have also been expanded in recent years with significant donations from this patron. In addition, the foundation enabled the research for and development of the exhibition “Titian and the Renaissance in Venice” (2019).

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  • 01:51
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  • 01:25
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  • 01:43
    Focus on religion

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Adoration of the Magi
Painter
Tryptich
Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi and Old Testament Scenes
Part Number / Total
1 / 3
Production Place
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 as donation of Dagmar Westberg

Work Content

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Primary
  • 73B57 adoration of the kings: the Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ-child (gold, frankincense and myrrh)
  • 11F4222 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child sitting on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left)
Secondary
  • 48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture
  • 11G angels

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20.05.2020