Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi and Old Testament Scenes, Master of the von Groote Adoration
Master of the von Groote Adoration
Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi and Old Testament Scenes
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Master of the von Groote Adoration

Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi and Old Testament Scenes, 1516 – 1519


Dimensions
max. 114.6 x 169.8 cm
minimum height
90.5 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
2253
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 as a gift from Dagmar Westberg
Status
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About the Work

In the sixteenth century Antwerp, a major trade metropolis, became one of north-western Europe’s leading art centres. Among its many painters’ workshops were a number of studios that worked closely with one another. For want of a better name, the respective artists are collectively known as the ‘Antwerp Mannerists’. One of their main representatives, the ‘Master of the von Groote Adoration’, was named after this work. Here, he depicted the ‘Adoration of the Magi’ in a wealth of detail, accompanying it with two Old Testament scenes that serve as a commentary.

About the Acquisition

Dagmar Westberg was born in Hamburg but chose to live in Frankfurt. On the occasion of her ninety-fourth birthday, she generously donated to the Städel the 'Altar of the Master of the von Groote Adoration', which is regarded as one of the most important Netherlandish works of its time. Since 2000 the Dagmar Westberg Foundation has supported the Städel Museum's Department of Drawings and Prints through, among other things, new purchases. In addition to its support of fine art, the foundation also supports social projects in Frankfurt.

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  • 01:51
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  • 01:25
    Focus on cultural history
  • 01:43
    Focus on religion

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi and Old Testament Scenes
Painter
Central panel
The Adoration of the Magi
Panel interior
King David Receiving the Cistern Water of Bethlehem
King Solomon Receiving the Queen of Sheba
Production Place
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
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
Acquired in 2008 as a gift from Dagmar Westberg

Work Content

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Primary
  • 73B57 adoration of the kings: the Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ-child (gold, frankincense and myrrh)
  • 11F4222 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child sitting on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left)
  • 71H5263 three of David's heroes draw water out of the well of Bethlehem, during their stay in the cave Adullam; David pours the water out
  • 71I334 homage to Solomon: the queen of Sheba gives Solomon gold, precious stones and spices
  • 71I332 the queen of Sheba before Solomon, testing him with questions
  • 44B152 royal household; courtiers, retinue, train
Secondary
  • 11G angels
  • 48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture
  • 44B1211 throne-room
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 25FF22 fabulous animals ~ monkeys

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02.07.2020