Saturday, April 05, 2008

More Monsters


Matthias Grunewald, The Isenheim Alterpiece (detail), c. 1510-15, Musee d'Unterlinden, Colmar, France.

A shrine with two moveable wings, the Isenheim Altarpiece contains some of the most facinating creatures ever portrayed.
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing this lovely and informative blog. It cheers me immensely when I open to a "new" painting...I look forward to it every time. Thank you! Laurel

BeverlyKayeGallery said...

Fascinating painting! Thank you for posting it.

Anonymous said...

Ruth Mellinkoff's book "The Devil at Issenheim" helps explain the peculiar looking critters and symbolism. The panel here is of the angels celebrating Christ's birth, with the green angel, archangel, being Lucifer. Look carefully at the facial expression, peacock crest on his head, small bits of rot on fingers fretting the instrument.
That's a great book, by the way, well researched and written with plenty of high quality reproductions.

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