Adam Elsheimer, The Altarpiece Of The Exaltation Of The True Cross (1605)
Adam Elsheimer, The Altarpiece of the Exaltation of the True Cross (1605)

The Exaltation of the True Cross by Adam Elsheimer

Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)


February 24, 2016


June 5, 2016

The Palatine Gallery in Florence has loaned two works by Pontormo to the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, and in return, it receives the altarpiece The Exaltation of the True Cross (1605) by Adam Elsheimer.

The altarpiece is one of Elsheimer’s masterpieces, of whom there are few works due to his premature death at the age of 32. But despite his small legacy, Elsheimer’s influence on the arts was considerable, with artists like Rubens and Rembrandt among his admirers.

The altarpiece was once part of the collection of Cosimo II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. It consists of a central panel showing the Exaltation of the Cross by saints, prophets and angels, and six smaller panels with scenes that tell the story of the cross on which Jesus died.

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