Master of the Aachen Altar

(fl. c. 1485—1515)

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(fl c. 1485–1515). German painter. He is named after the great winged altarpiece with scenes from the Passion (c. 1510; Aachen, Domschatzkam.), painted for the Carmelite church in Cologne. The central panel depicts an agitated Crucifixion scene in front of a broad landscape background and under a dramatic sky. On the inner sides of the wings are an Ecce homo to the left and a Lamentation to the right. Other events from the Passion appear as subsidiary scenes in the middle-ground. The strongly individualized faces, animals, plants, architecture and landscape elements create a narrative feel. The colours are richly contrasted and of sonorous tone, underscored by the bold painting style.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.