The Preparation of the Cross: Christ Resting, Christ Being Nailed to the Cross, and Erection of the Cross, Strasbourg Master ca. 1510/20
Strasbourg Master ca. 1510/20
The Preparation of the Cross: Christ Resting, Christ Being Nailed to the Cross, and Erection of the Cross
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Strasbourg Master ca. 1510/20

The Preparation of the Cross: Christ Resting, Christ Being Nailed to the Cross, and Erection of the Cross, ca. 1510 – 1520


Dimensions
101.9 x 159.3 x 0.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on fir
Inventory Number
HM 43
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Historisches Museum Frankfurt am Main since 1922
Status
On display

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About the Work

This unusual combination of three Passion scenes in one painting invites the viewer to let his eye roam as he reflects on Christ’s suffering and meditates on the events that brought about salvation. Remarkably, the painting is divided stylistically into two parts: the foreground and middle ground correspond to mid-fifteenth-century representations of the subject in the manner of the Karlsruhe Passion, while the background resembles the Upper Rhenish painting style of around 1510/20. This panel was probably intended to complement – or imitate – existing older works.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Preparation of the Cross: Christ Resting, Christ Being Nailed to the Cross, and Erection of the Cross
Painter (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on fir
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
In der linken oberen Ecke Wappen der Straßburger Familie Müg: Wappenschild (golden-blau geteilter Schild, oben ein roter schreitender Löwe; unten zwei goldene Sterne balkenweis)
In der rechten oberen Ecke Wappen der Straßburger Familie Hohenburg: Wappenschild (schwarzer zinnenbewehrter Turm mit geöffneten Torflügel auf silbernem Grund)
Unten links: bisher nicht zugeordnetes Wappenschild (rot-gold gespaltener Schild, heraldisch links blaues "F")
Unten rechts: entspricht nicht genau dem Wappen der Familie Rosheim; Identifikation bleibt unsicher; Wappenschild (auf rotem Grund ein goldener Sparren belegt mit drei roten Rosen mit goldenen Butzen)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Historisches Museum Frankfurt am Main since 1922

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Matthäus 27,33-37
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Markus 15,22-26
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Lukas 23,27-38
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Johannes 19,16-25
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Matthäus 27,55-56
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Markus 15,40-41

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73D651 Christ on the cross; only scenes preceding the crucifixion added
  • 73D52 Christ in agony waiting to be crucified; he is sitting on or near the cross or on a stone, 'Christus im Elend', 'Christus in der Rast'
  • 73D551 raising of the cross to which Christ is nailed already
  • 73D581 Pilate writing the superscription ~ Christ's crucifixion
  • 73D58 the superscription: I(esus) N(azarenus) R(ex) I(udaeorum) ~ Christ's crucifixion
Secondary
  • 73D622 soldiers throwing dice for Christ's seamless garment ~ Christ's death on the cross

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01.07.2019