The Beatitudes of Christ

Public Domain

Artist / maker

Anonieme meester (painters (artists))

Date

1553

Period

16th century
This remarkable triptych is constructed in the form of a visual narrative in a style that is popular and animated. In the centre panel, Christ is seated on a mountain addressing the people. This is the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in which Jesus talks about the eight beatitudes. Each of the side panels is divided into three scenes and the…
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This remarkable triptych is constructed in the form of a visual narrative in a style that is popular and animated. In the centre panel, Christ is seated on a mountain addressing the people. This is the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in which Jesus talks about the eight beatitudes. Each of the side panels is divided into three scenes and the lower section of the centre panel into two. Each scene portrays one of the eight beatitudes. The whole is surrounded by a finely painted frame. Bands of text and inscriptions in Dutch explain each picture. It was partly due to the influence of the Reformation that a translation of biblical texts into the vernacular was also common practice in Catholic circles in the sixteenth century. The triptych originates from the former church of the order of Calced Carmelites in Ghent. The art treasures of the monastery and the church were destroyed during the first iconoclasm in 1566. The triptych of the eight beatitudes was therefore probably commissioned after this date. The coat of arms of Anton van Hille and his wife Martine van Zevecote are found on the back of the side panels. They probably commissioned the work. Antoon van Hille was an examining magistrate in Ghent and was known for his opposition to the Reformation.
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More about this work

Features
Artist / maker Anonieme meester
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Category paintings (visual works)
Materials oil paint , panel
Dimensions 124 x 46.4 cm
Location Work on display
Object number S-100
Description
Subjects religious symbolism AAT, landscapes
Tags New Testament Iconclass, Christ Iconclass, Christ as adult Iconclass, public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass, Christ as teacher (part I): explaining his doctrine; teaching ~ parables and proverbs Iconclass, beatitudes and blessings of Christ Iconclass, beatitudes of the sermon on the mount Iconclass, beatitudes of the sermon on the mount as series (Matthew 5:3-12) Iconclass, blessed are the poor in spirit Iconclass, blessed are those who mourn Iconclass, blessed are the meek Iconclass, blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness Iconclass, blessed are the merciful Iconclass, blessed are the pure in heart Iconclass, blessed are the peacemakers Iconclass, blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake Iconclass, ladder Iconclass, crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass, sceptre, staff (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass, crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass, coin Iconclass, ornaments, jewels Iconclass, money-chest, treasure-chest, money-box Iconclass, container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass, container of precious metal (+ metal) Iconclass, bread, loaf Iconclass, cross ~ instruments of the Passion Iconclass, crown of thorns ~ instruments of the Passion Iconclass, spitting Iconclass, public punishment (death not intended or involved) Iconclass, corporal punishment in public Iconclass, clothed in rags Iconclass, (public) prayer Iconclass, mutilated person Iconclass, Cruelty, Ferocity; 'Crudelta', 'Ferocita' (Ripa) Iconclass, proverbs, sayings, etc. Iconclass, inscription Iconclass, angels Iconclass, activities of angels (in heaven) Iconclass, city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass, housing Iconclass, civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass, urban housing Iconclass, prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass, clothes, costume Iconclass, rocks Iconclass, chemistry Iconclass, clock Iconclass, sailing-ship, sailing-boat Iconclass, Holy Ghost represented as a dove (in flames) Iconclass, ships (in general) Iconclass, heaven represented in the air, with clouds (in concentric circles) and light Iconclass, heaven, celestial paradise, New Earth Iconclass, representations of celestial paradise (and its inhabitants) Iconclass, the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass, symbols of Last Judgement Iconclass, scales Iconclass, flowers: lily Iconclass, chalice Iconclass, beggar Iconclass, skull as symbol of 'Vanitas' Iconclass, fighting Iconclass, helmet Iconclass, crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass, Incorruption, Purity; 'Purita' (Ripa) Iconclass, column (of the flagellation) ~ instruments of the Passion Iconclass, single instruments of the Passion (WHIP) Iconclass, single instruments of the Passion (PALM) Iconclass, garland, wreath Iconclass, garland, wreath (+ plants used symbolically) Iconclass, devil(s) and demons Iconclass, lower angel(s) - GG - lower angel(s) without wings Iconclass, archer's weapons: bow and arrow Iconclass, archer's weapons: bow and arrow Iconclass, blindfold Iconclass, flowers: carnation Iconclass
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