The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross:
The Testing of the Cross (middle right), Adam Elsheimer
Adam Elsheimer
The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross: The Testing of the Cross (middle right)
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Adam Elsheimer

The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross: The Testing of the Cross (middle right), 1603 – 1605


Dimensions
14.8 x 16.3 x 0.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
2140
Acquisition
Acquired in 1978 as part of a donation campaign by the Städelscher Museums-Verein, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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  • 01:43
    Basic information
  • 01:57
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  • 01:55
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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Frankfurt Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross: The Testing of the Cross (middle right)
Painter
Altar
The Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross
Part Number / Total
4 / 7
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1978 as part of a donation campaign by the Städelscher Museums-Verein, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 355, 356

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11D41163 Helena identifies the True Cross: a human corpse is restored to life when it touches the cross
Secondary
  • 11P3113 archbishop, bishop, etc. (Roman Catholic)
  • 11P31131 insignia of bishop, e.g. mitre, crozier
  • 41B31 candle
  • 41D221(TURBAN) head-gear: turban
  • 11Q713 interior of church
  • 11Q7131(NICHE) parts of church interior: niche
  • 48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture
  • 42E33 sarcophagus
  • 48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture
  • 48C24(+321) piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture (+ relief ~ sculpture)

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14.01.2020