Matthias Grunewald - The Isenheim Altarpiece

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Matthias Grünewald, a German Gothic painter, lived during the time of the High Renaissance but chose to ignore the artistic revolution happening in Italy. A contemporary of Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Durer, all Renaissance masters, Grünewald instead followed his own path and his works are the last great flowering of Gothic Art.

This video describes theCrucifixion Panel of the Isenheim altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald which was created between 1510 and 1516.

Sister Wendy had this to say about the painting. “In this noble veracity, Gothic art reached an electrifying greatness.”