Tripytych with the Lamentation, Joos van Cleve
Joos van Cleve
Tripytych with the Lamentation
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Joos van Cleve

Tripytych with the Lamentation, 1524


Gesamtmaß offen 45°
121.1 x 163.6 cm
Gesamtmaß geschlossen
121.1 x 92.8 x 10.4 cm
Mitteltafel
113.5 x 84.2 x 0.4 cm
Linker Flügel
113.5 x 38.4 x 0.8 cm
Rechter Flügel
113.6 x 38.5 x 0.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
803
Acquisition
Acquired in 1830
Status
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About the Work

In 1524 the Cologne merchant Gobel Schmitgen donated this altarpiece showing the Lamentation of Christ. It was intended for the north side altar of his parish church, St Maria Lyskirchen. The donor, shown at the left edge of the central panel, procured the services of Joos van Cleve, a leading Antwerp painter of his day, who executed many comparable commissions for export. Very effectively, the body of Christ is presented to the viewer just as the sacred host would be offered during a Mass celebrated at the altar adorned by this scene.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Tripytych with the Lamentation
Painter
Parts
Lamentation of Christ
Saint Veronica Displaying the Sudarium
Joseph of Arimathea
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
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1830

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73D72121 Christ's body supported by Mary, others present
  • 73D721 lamentation over the dead Christ by his relatives and friends (Christ usually without crown of thorns)
  • 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(JOHN) the apostle John the Evangelist; possible attributes: book, cauldron, chalice with snake, eagle, palm, scroll
  • 11H(NIKODEMUS) male saints (NIKODEMUS)
  • 61B2(SCHMITGEN, Gobel)2(+53) historical person (SCHMITGEN, Gobel) - scene ~ historical person(SCHMITGEN, Gobel) (SCHMITGEN, Gobel) (+ half-length portrait)
  • 11HH(VERONICA) Veronica; possible attributes: 'Sudarium' (veil with the image of Christ)
  • 11D3121 'Vera Icon', held up by Veronica
  • 11H(JOSEPH OF ARIMATHAEA) the Jewish councillor Joseph of Arimathaea; possible attributes: Holy Grail, instruments of the Passion (e.g. three nails, crown of thorns)
Secondary
Associative
  • 73E34 the journey to Emmaus: two disciples (Cleopas and Peter) under way

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02.07.2020