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The Alabaster Altar of Hal , Brabant

Hal, High Altar, Church of Notre-Dame at. Autel de l’Église Notre-Dame a Hal. The alabaster altar by Jean Mone (Metz? 1486/1500 – Brussels 1548/49) in the famous pilgrimage church formerly dedicated to St. Martin. On top of it a pelican with its young ones as symbol of sacrificing motherly love, in the Middle Ages related to Passion and Resurrection of Christ. With two acolytes and faithful each. Color lithograph by François Stroobant (Brussels 1819 – Elsene 1916). Inscribed: F S (18)52 / F. Stroobant del. et lith. / C. Muquardt éditeur. / Imp. Simonau & Toovey, Bruxs., otherwise in French, German, and English as above. 13⅝ × 8⅝ in (34.5 × 22 cm).

François Stroobant, High Altar, Church of Nôtre Dame at Hal

Boetticher II/2, 855. – “Belgian architectural painter … known by works and drawings to art history, especially of his homeland. Several drawings he has lithographed himself.” So the present one, too.

“ (Mone) chiefly created sepulchres and altars, worked almost only in alabaster and marble … His best-known work,

the great altar in the Basilica of Saint Martin at Hal ,

is dated 1533 and as the only work of his signed. This altar is stylistic-historically important in that it represents the first break with the customary late Gothic type in the Netherlands; it presents a remarkable connection of altar and tabernacle “

(Erwin Hensler, Thieme-Becker XXV [1931], p. 59 f).

In the middle of the 19th century removed to a side-chapel, present representation shows it still at its original place in the light-pervaded Gothic apse.

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