Holy Family, Niclaus Weckmann (1481–1528), Limewood with traces of paint and gilding, South German

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); his sale, F.A.C. Prestel, Frankfurt(October 6–8, 1912, no. 26); Oscar Bondy, Vienna (by 1926–confiscated by Nazi officials in 1938); restituted to his widow, Elizabeth Bondy, New York (by 1948); [ Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York]; Alastair Bradley Martin (American), Glen Head, NY (until 1948)
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Meisterwerke massenhaft: Die Bildhauerwerkstatt des Niklaus Weckmann und die Malerei in Ulm um 1500. Stuttgart: Württembergisches Landesmuseum, 1993. p. 487.

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Wixom, William D. "Riemenschneider in America." In Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages, edited by Julien Chapuis. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1999. p. 154, fig. 8.

Schmid, Franz X. "Der sogenannte 'Dietenheimer Altar' ist der Gutenzeller Marienaltar." Ulm und Oberschwaben 55 (2007). p. 167, fig. 7.

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.