MASTER of the Acts of Mercy
(active 1460s in Salzburg)

Feeding the Hungry (exterior)

Oil on panel
Private collection

This double-sided panel shows on one side The Feast of Herod and on the other Feeding the Hungry. The work is a fragment of an altarpiece shutter, in which the Feast of Herod would have been oriented to the interior, visible in the altarpiece's open state.

Three other double-sided panels were recognized as part of the same altarpiece. These panels also depict acts of mercy on the exterior, and scenes from the life of St Lawrence and St John the Baptist on the interior. The dismantled altarpiece was attributed to an unknown master in Salzburg named after this ensemble as Master of the Acts of Mercy.