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Holy Family

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
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    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)

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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