Virgin and Child, The Annunciation to Joachim, and The Meeting at the Golden Gate, Macrino d'Alba
Macrino d'Alba
Virgin and Child, The Annunciation to Joachim, and The Meeting at the Golden Gate
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Macrino d'Alba

Virgin and Child, The Annunciation to Joachim, and The Meeting at the Golden Gate, ca. 1493 – 1494


Gesamtmaß mit Rahmen
199.0 x 220.5 x 14.0 cm
Physical Description
Poplar
Inventory Number
837
Acquisition
Acquired in 1831
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Early Italian altarpieces had consisted of a large number of individual, rigidly joined panels. Each normally depicting only a single saint, they were arranged according to the relative status of those subjects. Only in the second half of the fifteenth century did the separately framed panels come to be linked by a depiction of the ground or background continuing from one to the next. Macrino d’Alba’s tripartite retable – featuring the enthroned Virgin with a scene from the story of Joachim and Anna on either side – adheres to this more modern scheme.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Virgin and Child, The Annunciation to Joachim, and The Meeting at the Golden Gate
Painter
Panel
Madonna and Child Enthronend
The Annuciation to St Joachim
The Meeting at the Golden Gate
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Poplar
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert auf einem Cartellino auf der Stirnseite des Thronsockels: MACRINVS/FACIEBAT.
Bezeichnet auf dem Scheibennimbus der Madonna: AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA DOMINIV[S TECVM]

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 1831

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11FF4221 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child standing on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left) - FF - the Christ-child to Mary's right
  • 11F711 Christ-child making speaking or blessing gestures ~ Madonna-representations
  • 11Q51 reading the Bible or other religious books
  • 73A2332 annunciation of the birth of Mary to Joachim by an angel
  • 31A233(+4) kneeling figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 11Q21 one person praying
  • 11G1921 angel(s) with book(-scroll) or banderole
  • 73A235 meeting of Anna and Joachim at the Golden Gate; they usually embrace or kiss each other (immaculate conception of Mary)
  • 11C23(+3) God the Father as bearded old man, usually with crown or tiara or sceptre and/or globe (+ angel(s))
  • 11F21 Mary as child
  • 31A2522 hands folded
Secondary
  • 22C311 nimbus, halo ~ radiance emanating from persons or things
  • 41A4231 canopy, baldachin
  • 41A423 ceremonial drapery
  • 48A983112 palmette ~ ornament
  • 48C162 arch, archivolt ~ architecture
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 11Q712 church (exterior)
  • 41A12 castle
  • 48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture
  • 12F61 temple, shrine ~ Roman religion
  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 25H112 rocks
  • 25G3 trees
  • 25H214 lake
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.

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02.12.2020