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CIRCLE OF BARTHEL BRUYN THE ELDER (Wesel 1493-1555 Cologne)
CIRCLE OF BARTHEL BRUYN THE ELDER (Wesel 1493-1555 Cologne)

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, overlooked by Joseph, Joachim, Clopas and Salome; and The Family of Saint Anne

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CIRCLE OF BARTHEL BRUYN THE ELDER (Wesel 1493-1555 Cologne) The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, overlooked by Joseph, Joachim, Clopas and Salome; and The Family of Saint Anne oil on panel 16.5/8 x 6.3/8 in. (42.2 x 16.2 cm.) a pair (2)

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The iconography of these two images derives from Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend of circa 1275, which describes the extended family of Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin. The first panel depicts the Virgin and Child and Saint Anne, beneath a wall overlooked by Joseph, and Saint Anne's three husbands, Joachim, Clopas and Salome. The second shows the other two of Saint Anne's children: Mary, her daughter by Clopas, with her children, Saints James the Less, Joseph the Just, Simon Zelotes and Jude, and Mary, her daughter by Salome, with her children, Saints James the Great and John the Evangelist. The latter two Marys are overlooked by their respective husbands, Alpheus and Zebedee.

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