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Master of the Darmstadt Passion


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(fl c. 1435/40–1455/60). German painter. Around 1450 he was the outstanding painter in the Middle Rhine region; Panofsky called him ‘perhaps the most accomplished colourist and luminarist outside the Netherlands’. His oeuvre has been assembled from relatively few works. Thode (1900) named the Master on the basis of two altar panels (both Darmstadt, Hess. Landesmus.) showing on the insides Christ Carrying the Cross and a crowded Calvary, with a patterned gold ground, with fragments of an Annunciation and Adoration of the Infant Jesus on the outsides. These two panels are probably from a church in Hessen.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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