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Holy Family

Artist:
Niclaus Weckmann (1481–1528)
Date:
ca. 1500
Culture:
South German
Medium:
Limewood with traces of paint and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 31 7/8 x 19 11/16 x 7 3/4 in. (81 x 50 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1948
Accession Number:
48.154.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This engaging group of the Virgin and Child with Saint Joseph was once the centerpiece of a large altarpiece. The Virgin and Child face in the same direction as the Child raises his right hand in blessing. Their posture suggests they may have been part of Holy Kinship group with Saint Anne or of an Adoration of the Magi. The orb in his left hand symbolizes Christ’s role as spiritual ruler of the world.
From the Cistercian convent in Guttenzell bei Biberach (Wurttemberg) ; Gutenzell Abbey, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Germany (until ca. 1870?); Johannes Noll, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (until 1912); Oscar Bondy, Vienna (in 1926-at least 1928); Ruth and Leopold Blumka ; Alastair Bradley Martin, Glen Head, NY (until 1948)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983. no. 47, p. 357.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 48, p. 391.

Wixom, William D. "Late Medieval Sculpture in the Metropolitan: 1400 to 1530." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 4 (Spring 2007). p. 37.



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