Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On the 23rd of January 2016, Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France reopened its doors to the general public.  Their major attraction is the Isenheim altarpiece by the German painter Matthias Grunewald (c.1470 - August 31, 1528).  This rather obscure painter ignored the Renaissance classicism of his time in order to pursue the earlier Medieval style.  The Isenheim altarpiece is his most famous work.  Commissioned around 1512 by the Monastery St Antoine, it was displayed in the hospital wing, which specialized in plague and skin diseases.  Christ is shown as having plague like sores all over his body.  This was meant to serve as a vivid reminder to the patients that Christ understood their sufferings and gave them Christian hope.




The doors of the altar was once open on special liturgical days and uncovered the Nativity scene.
St Antoine meets St Paul( The Hermit)
St Antoine attacked by demons




A bientot!