The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross, Adam Elsheimer
Adam Elsheimer
The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross
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Adam Elsheimer

The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross, 1603 – 1605


Dimensions
48.8 x 36.2 x 0.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
2024
Acquisition
See separate text for information on purchase and inventory numbers of the panels.
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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  • 01:57
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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross
Painter
Altar
The Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross
Part Number / Total
7 / 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

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11D124 venerating the cross
  • 73E791 coronation of Mary by God the Father
  • 11HH(HELENA) empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great; possible attributes: model of church, (royal) crown, crown of thorns, cross, three nails
  • 11G angels
  • 11H saints
  • 11I14 other groups of prophets
  • 11H(LAURENCE) the martyr and deacon Laurence of Rome; possible attributes: book, censer, cross, dalmatic, gridiron, palm, purse (or cup with golden coins)
  • 11H(STEPHEN) the deacon and (proto)martyr Stephen; possible attributes: censer, stones
  • 11H(AMBROSE) Ambrose, bishop of Milan; possible attributes: beehive, cradle with baby, three-knotted scourge
  • 11H(JEROME) the monk and hermit Jerome (Hieronymus); possible attributes: book, cardinal's hat, crucifix, hour-glass, lion, skull, stone
  • 11H(SEBASTIAN) the martyr Sebastian; possible attributes: arrow(s), bow, tree-trunk
  • 11H(GREGORY) pope Gregory the Great; possible attributes: dove, emperor Trajan
  • 11HH(CATHERINE) the virgin martyr Catherine of Alexandria; possible attributes: book, crown, emperor Maxentius, palm-branch, ring, sword, wheel
  • 11HH(MARY MAGDALENE) the penitent harlot Mary Magdalene; possible attributes: book (or scroll), crown, crown of thorns, crucifix, jar of ointment, mirror, musical instrument, palm-branch, rosary, scourge
  • 11H(FRANCIS) founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), Francis(cus) of Assisi; possible attributes: book, crucifix, lily, skull, stigmata
  • 11H(DOMINIC) Dominic(us) Guzman of Calerueja, founder of the Order of Preachers (or Dominican (Black) Friars; possible attributes: book, dog with flaming torch, lily, loaf of bread, rosary, star
  • 11H(AUGUSTINE) Augustine, bishop of Hippo; possible attributes: arrows piercing his breast, book, child with spoon, flaming heart, heart (pierced with arrows), pen
  • 11I62(JONAH) male persons from the Old Testament (JONAH) (JONAH)
  • 71H story of David
  • 71C1 story of Abraham
  • 71C2 story of Isaac
  • 11H(MARK) Mark (Marcus) the evangelist, and bishop of Alexandria; possible attributes: book, (winged) lion, pen and inkhorn, scroll
  • 11H(JOSEPH) the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools
  • 11I62(ADAM & EVE) Adam and Eve (not in biblical context)
  • 11H(LUKE) Luke the evangelist; possible attributes: book, (winged) ox, portrait of the Virgin, surgical instruments, painter's utensils, scroll
  • 11H(BENEDICT) Benedict of Nurcia, abbot of Monte Cassino and founder of the Benedictine Order; possible attributes: aspergillum, book, cup (sometimes broken), raven with loaf, sieve (or tray)
  • 71P the story of the prophet Daniel; his visions and prophecies

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