The Family of Saint Anne

Public Domain

Artist / maker

Meester van de Familie van de heilige Anna (painters (artists))

Date

ca. 1500 - ca. 1510

Period

16th century
In the central panel we see St Anne seated on a richly decorated throne. According to Christian tradition, Anne was married three times. Her husbands are portrayed to her left and right. Her union with St Joachim produced Mary, Jesus’ mother. Mary sits with her Child at her mother’s feet. Seated on the right is Mary’s husband, Joseph, with a…
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In the central panel we see St Anne seated on a richly decorated throne. According to Christian tradition, Anne was married three times. Her husbands are portrayed to her left and right. Her union with St Joachim produced Mary, Jesus’ mother. Mary sits with her Child at her mother’s feet. Seated on the right is Mary’s husband, Joseph, with a flowering staff in his hand. On the side panels are Anne’s daughters from her two other marriages, together with their husbands and children. The veneration of St Anne reached its climax around 1500, especially in the Netherlands. However, her roots lie far deeper and go back to the pre-Christian fertility cult and the veneration of the Great Mother. The triptych is ascribed to the Master of St Anne and comes from the former Beguinage of St Autbert (Poortakker) in Ghent. The figures are realistically portrayed. However, the use of gold, the flat background with rose bushes and the inscriptions with the names of the saints tend to make the work archaic.
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Features
Artist / maker Meester van de Familie van de heilige Anna VIAF RKD
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Category paintings (visual works)
Materials oil paint , panel
Dimensions 87.4 x 39.2 cm
Location Work on display
Object number S-106
Description
Subject religious symbolism AAT
Tags New Testament Iconclass, ancestors and parents of Christ Iconclass, Holy Kinship Iconclass, extended representations of 'Anna selbdritt' (Joseph and Joachim, three husbands, three daughters with seven children) Iconclass, Anna, mother of Mary; possible attributes: book, Christ-child, lily, Virgin Mary Iconclass, the father of Mary, Joachim; possible attributes: book, two doves, lamb, (shepherd's) staff Iconclass, Christ Iconclass, Christ-child (with attributes) Iconclass, the Virgin Mary Iconclass, the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools Iconclass, saints Iconclass, female saints Iconclass, male saints (KLEOPHAS) Iconclass, Salome (not in biblical context) Iconclass, Mary Kleophas, sister of the Virgin Mary, mother of James the Less ('Maria Jacobi'); possible attributes: jar of ointment Iconclass, male saints (ALPHEUS) Iconclass, the apostle Jude Thaddaeus; possible attributes: book, club, halberd, scroll Iconclass, the apostle James the Less, first bishop of Jerusalem; possible attributes: book, fuller's club, scroll Iconclass, the apostle Simon Zelotes (or Simon the Canaanite); possible attributes: book, saw, scroll Iconclass, Mary Salome, sister of the Virgin and mother of James the Great and John the Evangelist, also one of the midwives; possible attributes: jar of ointment Iconclass, male saints (ZEBEDEE) Iconclass, the apostle John the Evangelist; possible attributes: book, cauldron, chalice with snake, eagle, palm, scroll Iconclass, the apostle James the Great; possible attributes: book, pilgrim's cloak, hat, shell, staff, and wallet, scroll, sword - male saint as patron, protector, intercessor Iconclass, feeding a baby (+ variant) Iconclass, Christ-child suckling, or beginning to suckle, e.g. Mary uncovering her breast ~ Madonna-representations Iconclass, fenced or walled garden; 'Hortus Conclusus' Iconclass, clothes, costume Iconclass, flowers Iconclass, flowers: rose Iconclass, nimbus, halo ~ radiance emanating from persons or things Iconclass, gold-thread embroidery Iconclass, ornaments, jewels Iconclass, diadem, tiara Iconclass, brooch, agraffe, clasp Iconclass, purse, money-bag Iconclass, belt, girdle, waistband Iconclass, eyeglasses, spectacles Iconclass, beard Iconclass, inscription Iconclass, chemistry Iconclass, book - MM - book open Iconclass, head-gear Iconclass, head-gear: hat Iconclass, head-gear (HEADSCARF) Iconclass, reading Iconclass, scroll - LL - scroll unfolded Iconclass, scroll - LL - scroll unfolded Iconclass
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