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Matthias Grünewald - Nativity (detail) - WGA10744


Matthias Grünewald - Nativity (detail) - WGA10744



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Matthias Grunewald (c. 1470-1528) was a German Renaissance painter, best known for his religious works. He was born in Würzburg and little is known of his early life. He is believed to have studied under Albrecht Dürer in Nuremberg and later worked in the workshop of the famous painter and engraver Hans Holbein the Elder. Grunewald's most famous work is the Isenheim Altarpiece, which he made between 1512 and 1516 for the monastery of St Anthony in Isenheim, France. The altarpiece is a large, multi-panelled painting depicting scenes from the life of Christ, as well as images of St Anthony and St Sebastian. The painting is notable for its vivid, almost grotesque depictions of suffering and pain, which were intended to comfort the sick and dying who visited the monastery. Grunewald's other works include a series of paintings for St George's Church in Halle and a number of portraits of German nobility. He died in Halle in 1528 and his work was forgotten until the 19th century, when it was rediscovered by art historians and collectors. Grunewald is now regarded as one of the greatest German painters of the Renaissance.





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