Isenheim Altarpiece – The Crucifixion

Isenheim Altarpiece

Crucifixion Panel of the Isenheim altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald which was created between 1510 and 1516. Sister Wendy had this to say about the Crucifixion Panel in the Isenheim Altarpiece “In this noble veracity, Gothic art reached an electrifying greatness.”   Grunewald and Gothic Art Matthias Grünewald, a German Gothic painter, lived during the time […]

Dürer’s Rhinoceros Print, Part 2

Albrecht Durer’s Rhinoceros print is a woodcut that is part scientifically accurate and part charming fantasy.  We’ve examined how the description of a Rhinoceros came to Dürer in this post, now we will move on to the actual print of Dürer’s Rhinoceros, how it was made, and what the words on the top of the print […]

Backstory of Durer’s Rhinoceros

In this post we will explore the backstory of Durer’s Rhinoceros print. Albrecht Durer’s Rhinoceros is one of the most famous prints to ever be made. The print is based on the real life rhinoceros, Genda. Here is her story.  Genda, The Gift That Keeps Giving In 1515, an Indian rhinoceros was gifted by Sultan […]

Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents

Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents recounts a Biblical narrative that Bruegel links to current events, thus condemning the rule of Philips II and accusing him of similar abuses of power.  This painting is a powerful political work that was deemed to dangerous to remain in it’s original form, and so multiple scenes were painted over […]

Grunewald’s Annunciation from the Isenheim Altarpiece

Grunewald’s Annunciation Panel on the Isenheim Altarpiece was painted to give comfort in a hospital that could offer little hope. With his mystic, emotional style, Grunewald’s Annunciation plays on the theme of Mary as the church, bringing Christ to a dark world. For the hospitals patients and family any hope was a welcome respite. Grunewald, […]

Dürer’s Nativity Woodcuts

Albrecht Dürer’s Nativity Woodcuts Albrecht Dürer’s Nativity Woodcuts communicate complexity with nothing but lines, and it is astounding. Realistically representing space, emotion, perspective, with nothing but lines cut into wood amazes me with the delicacy he achieves. Dürer has always been my favorite artist and I’m looking forward to sharing some of his work with […]

The Portinari Altarpiece by Hugo Van Der Goes

Hugo Van Der Goes’ Portinari Altarpiece, was shocking when first revealed to the public. The unprecedented portrayal of the shepherd’s amazed viewers and emphasized Van Der Goes theme of humility. A monumental work that challenged both the art world, and the individual, to reconsider what is truly important. This work stands as a testament to […]