Joseph of Arimathaea & St Clare

Joseph of Arimathaea & St Clare
Stock Number: 5889
Origin: German
Circa: 1520
Height: 20.3 ins.  (52 cms.)
Width: 8.25 ins.  (21 cms.)
Full Description:

The Wealthy Do Good.

Pair of 16th-century oak panels. c.1520, probably German, showing Joseph of Arimathaea and St Clare, he a man of means, she born into a noble family.  At the Crucifixion Joseph requested permission from Pontius Pilate to bring Christ down from the cross and, with Nicodemus, is seen supporting Christ's body into the tomb.

Clare rejected marriage and, against her family's wishes, joined the Franciscan Order, led a life of poverty and austerity and founded the Order of Poor Clares.

On these two panels, Joseph is shown with the crown of thorns he has removed from Christ's head, while Clare holds a monstrance, in reference to a raid by Saracens when she supposedly held up a pyx, which disgorged its holy contents and caused the attackers to flee.  In art the monstrance usually takes the place of the pyx in representations of St Clare.

Finely carved panels with good natural colour, showing the pair in elegant contemporary dress.

Some old worm damage to the bottom and bottom right corner of the St Clare panel.

Price: £650.00
Shipping Info: Free Postage within UK (tracked).
£20.00 International Postage.