Frankfurt Garden of Paradise, Master of the

(fl. c. 1410—1430)

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(fl c. 1410–30). German painter. He is named after a small panel painting of the Garden of Paradise (c. 1410; Frankfurt am Main, Städel. Kstinst. & Städt. Gal.), barely as big as two hands, which captivated people in the Romantic period through its tender, intimate lyricism. It has been linked with a small Annunciation (Winterthur, Samml. Oskar Reinhart), the larger Virgin among the Strawberries (Solothurn, Kstmus.) and several woodcuts. This group of works is also connected to the fragment of a Head of the Virgin (ex-Adelhausen, Dominican convent) and to panels of the Virgin (c. 1430; ex-Tennenbach, monastery; Freiburg im Breisgau, Augustinmus.) and their original reverses of Passion scenes (Karlsruhe, Kunsthalle). It can be inferred that the Master and his workshop worked in Colmar or—more probably—Basle.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.