The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross:
The Questioning of the Jew (bottom left), Adam Elsheimer
Adam Elsheimer
The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross: The Questioning of the Jew (bottom left)
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Adam Elsheimer

The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross: The Questioning of the Jew (bottom left), 1603 – 1605


Dimensions
15.0 x 15.9 x 0.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
2142
Acquisition
See separate text for information on purchase and inventory numbers of the panels.
Status
Not on display

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About the Acquisition

When the Städelsches Kunstinstitut was founded, the Frankfurt artist Adam Elsheimer immediately became the focus of its collecting policy and research interest. Johann Friedrich Städel himself believed he owned a work by the famous Baroque fine artist. Especially after the Second World War, intensive efforts began with regard to the artist, culminating in an Elsheimer exhibition in 1966. In those days, no one could have foreseen that a small miracle would soon take place. Between 1971 and 1981 the Städel was able to reunite the seven-part Altar of the Holy Cross, familiar from archive material, by purchasing the five remaining panels scattered across the world. The Museums-Verein, which had been founded in 1899 and reorganised in 1957, played the main role in financing the purchase with its specific fundraising campaigns.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross: The Questioning of the Jew (bottom left)
Painter
Altar
The Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross
Part Number / Total
2 / 7
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Material
Technique

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
See separate text for information on purchase and inventory numbers of the panels.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 355

Iconclass

Primary
  • 52EE1 Asking, Question, Interrogation
  • 44G253 interrogation of arrested person
  • 11D41161 Judas, a Jew, put into a well by Helena, mother of Constantine ~ legend of the True Cross
  • 31A25552 index finger forwards, pointing, indicating
  • 31A233 kneeling figure
Secondary

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Last update

20.07.2021