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  • Christ and Mary before God the Father

    Artist:
    Kulmbach, Hans Suss von (?). 1481 or 1482-1522
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    142x156 cm

Kulmbach, Hans Suss von (?). 1481 or 1482-1522

Christ and Mary before God the Father

Germany, Early 16th century

The painting by Kulmbach, Dürer’s pupil, evidently represents the outer wings of a folding altar. By other assumptions, it is the depiction of two organ wings. The left panel shows God the Father seated on his heavenly throne surrounded by angels playing music, on the right one is the image of Christ. Along with the dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, represented over the head of God the Father, they form the Trinity. There are two angels near the Virgin Mary; one holds a cradle and the other has seven swords symbolizing the seven sorrows of the Virgin. Probably Christ and Mary act as protectors against plague. One of the most interesting parts of the composition is the landscape in the lower part of the painting with a castle on the horizon. Evidently this is the representation of a specific location.

Title:

Christ and Mary before God the Father

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

142x156 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1907; purchased from P.V. Zhukovsky

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-696

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