Master of the Ehningen Altar

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Dieric Bouts (c. 1420—1475)


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(fl c. 1470–80). German painter. He is named after a winged altarpiece (Stuttgart, Staatsgal.) from St Maria, Ehningen, near Stuttgart, the chancel of which dates from 1476. It bears the coat of arms of Countess Palatine Matilda (1419–82), widow of Count Ludwig V of Württemberg and then residing in nearby Rottenburg. The altarpiece, which is in all essentials a faithful copy of a lost triptych by Dieric Bouts (see Bouts, (1)), belongs equally to the histories of Netherlandish and German painting. It is painted in tempera with oil glazes on spruce and depicts on the centre panel the Resurrection with in the background the Noli me tangere and the Procession of the Holy Women to the Sepulchre, on the left-hand wing Christ Appearing to his Mother with the Ascension in the background and on the right-hand wing the Incredulity of Thomas with the Pentecost in the background. The outer surfaces of the wings show the Annunciation with, in the tympanum of the painted gateway, a relief of the Fall and, next to this, Matilda's coat of arms. The untraced predella showed Christ and the Apostles (ex-Stuttgart, Württemberg. Landesmus.). The artist undoubtedly learnt the rudiments of his art from Bouts himself; only in the slightly compressed proportions and the solidly anchored bodies (especially the nude half-figure of the Resurrected Christ) are his possible south German origins, perhaps around Lake Constance or Ulm, suggested.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.