Das Apokalyptische Weib

Das Apokalyptische Weib

More about this artwork
The Book of Revelation (12:1–9,14) describes the apparition of the Virgin Mary as a radiant figure with the moon under her feet. Threatened by the seven-headed dragon, she and her child are carried away to the wilderness by God. The subject can be seen in relation to the Counter-Reformation. The Virgin Mary steps on a serpent, the symbol of heresy. Biblical exegesis interprets the apocalyptical female figure as an allegory of the church protected by God. In 1623, the painting was commissioned for the high altar of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Freising that can be seen at the bottom on the right.
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Inventory Number
891
Birth year of the artist
1577
Year the artist deceased
1640
Dimensions of the object
554,5 x 370,5 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Genre
Malerei
Department
Flämische Malerei
Origin
1804 als Säkularisationsgut aus dem Dom zu Freising
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Das Apokalyptische Weib, um 1623/25, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/Y0GR9RgLRX (Last updated on 30.12.2021)

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