HEEMSKERCK, Maerten van
(b. 1498, Heemskerck, d. 1574, Haarlem)
Oil on wood
The altarpiece, representing scenes from the Passion of Christ, once stood on the altar of the St Lawrence Church in Alkmaar. Through the ruling of the Calvinists, statues and altars from the catholic period were removed and entrusted to the city council. Maerten van Heemskerck's triptych had survived the iconoclast. It was sold via the city council to the king of Sweden. To get the painting to its new home, it was placed on a ship heading along the Swedish coast, where it had an unfortunate accident. The triptych was rescued and bestowed by the king to the cathedral of Linköping. Presently a giant printed reproduction of the triptych can be seen in the Alkmaar church.