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The Meeting of Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem

Filippino Lippi1497

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
Copenhagen, Denmark

Filippino Lippi first studied under his father, Filippo Lippi (1406-1469), and subsequently under Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), whose influence is evident in the elegant figures and the linear style. The painting, which belongs to Lippi’s mature period, depicts a scene from Jacopo da Voragine’s (c. 1230-1298) Legenda Aurea (The Golden Legend).

The motif

We are brought into the story by a young handmaiden whose gaze meets ours directly. Mary’s parents are seen in a tender embrace, finally reunited after a long period of separation. The legend recounts how Mary was miraculously conceived at the moment of the couple’s embrace.

Lippi's interest in classical Antiquity

Being a true Renaissance artist, Lippi was as interested in classical Antiquity as Andrea Mantegna (1430/31-1506). In this painting, his interest is evident in e.g. the Corinthian columns and reliefs of e.g. the Golden Gate. The rest of the architecture in the background Lippi painted in a more medieval style referring to his home town of Florence, often referred to as a new Jerusalem at the time. Lippi’s Florentine roots are also demonstrated in the signature written in gold on the sill of the Golden Gate: "PHILIPPINUS DE FLORENTIA".

Details

  • Title: The Meeting of Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem
  • Creator: Filippino Lippi
  • Date Created: 1497
  • Værktekst: Maleriet, som er skabt sent i kunstnerens liv, skildrer en passage i ærkebiskoppen Jacopo da Voragines (ca. 1230-1298) middelalderværk Legenda Aurea (Den Gyldne Legende). Motivet Vi ledes ind i historien af en ung terne (tjenestepige), der retter blikket direkte mod os. Marias forældre ses i øm omfavnelse, fordi de endelig kunne mødes efter lang tids adskillelse. Legenden fortæller om, hvordan Maria i øjeblikket for deres omfavnelse blev undfanget ved et mirakel. Lippis interesse for antikken Som den renæssancekunstner Lippi var, interesserede han sig for antikken. I maleriet spores interessen for eksempel i den gyldne ports korintiske søjler og relieffer. Resten af baggrundens arkitektur har Lippi malet i en mere middelalderlig byggestil, der henviser til hans hjemby Firenze. En by som samtiden i øvrigt ofte omtaler som et nyt Jerusalem. Lippis florentinske identitet kommer tillige frem i signaturen skrevet med guld på Den Gyldne Ports fodstykke: "PHILIPPINUS DE FLORENTIA".
  • Teknik: Tempera på træ
  • Proveniens: Erhvervet 1763
  • Provenance: Acquired 1763
  • Physical Dimensions: w124 x h112.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2700
  • Dansk Titel: Joakim og Annas gensyn uden for Jerusalems Gyldne Port
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Tempera on panel

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