Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Four Fathers of the Latin Church, Moretto da Brescia
Moretto da Brescia
Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Four Fathers of the Latin Church
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Moretto da Brescia

Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Four Fathers of the Latin Church, ca. 1540 – 1550


Dimensions
290.4 x 195.8 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
916
Acquisition
Acquired in 1845
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Moretto’s ‘Sacra Conversazione’ is one of the few large altar paintings in the Städel. A typical High Renaissance altarpiece, it shows all the figures in a continuous picture space and on a single surface. Depictions of saints had previously been distributed among several separately framed panels. To this day it has not proven possible to identify the original location of this altarpiece and thus to determine the circumstances surrounding its execution. The choice of saints indicates that the altar was dedicated to the Church Fathers Ambrose, Gregory, Jerome and Augustine.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Four Fathers of the Latin Church
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1845

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F611 'Sacra Conversazione'
  • 11FF422 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left) - FF - the Christ-child to Mary's right
  • 11F725 Christ-child cheek to cheek with Mary, or kissing her ~ Madonna-representations
  • 11I51 the four Latin (Western) Fathers of the Church together: Ambrose (usually as bishop), Jerome (usually as cardinal), Augustine (usually as bishop), Gregory the Great (usually as pope)
Secondary

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05.11.2019