The Triumph of Religion in the Arts, Friedrich Overbeck
Friedrich Overbeck
The Triumph of Religion in the Arts
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Friedrich Overbeck

The Triumph of Religion in the Arts, 1829 – 1840


Dimensions
392.0 x 392.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
892
Acquisition
Acquired in 1840
Status
On display

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About the Work

This programmatic picture of the Nazarenes is closely linked with the founding history of the Städel. As an interpretation of the history of art it was intended to have a didactic effect on the visitors to the rooms of the newly established institute. Overbeck, who was commissioned with its production, was considered by his contemporaries to be "by far the greatest artist who ever lived". Over one hundred artists have been assembled in this triumphant picture, where they are worshipping the Virgin Mary. This concept of art did not fit with the forward-looking mood in the liberal middle-class city, and the painting aroused violent criticism after its completion.

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  • 01:00
    Basic information
  • 00:59
    Focus on Frankfurt
  • 02:28
    Focus on art history
  • 03:08
    Focus on material
  • 01:52
    Focus on religion

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Basic Information

Title
The Triumph of Religion in the Arts
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
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Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1840

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Lukas 1,46-55
Associated Source
  • Friedrich von Schlegel: Athenäum-Fragmente 116, 1798
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984
Associated Medium
  • Dante Alighieri: Die göttliche Komödie

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11 Christian religion
  • 48C the arts; artists
  • 11F5 Madonna (i.e. Mary with the Christ-child) in the air, or on the clouds
  • 11F4212 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child in front of her, sitting in her lap (or in front of her bosom)
  • 11R21 fountain of life
  • 11I61 groups of persons from the Old Testament
  • 11I71 persons from the New Testament (in general, especially groups)
Secondary
  • 11I5 Doctors (Fathers) of the Church
  • 11I4 evangelists, usually with books or scrolls (not in biblical context)
  • 11P3111 pope
  • 11P31521 monk(s), friar(s)
  • 44B112 emperor
  • 48CC5115 painter training pupils - CC - out of doors
  • 48C112 architect studying ancient architecture
  • 48CC213 sculptor studying classical remains - CC - out of doors

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15.05.2019