MASTER of Hohenfurth
(active 1350-70 in Prague)

Kladsko Madonna

Tempera on panel, 185 x 95 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

A number of attractive panels, including the Kladsko Madonna, are evidence of the prodigious output of the Master of Hohenfurth' workshop. This Madonna, with its gold background, delicate drapery folds, and animated surface detail, appears to derive from icons of either Italian or Byzantine art from the beginning of the fourteenth century. At the foot of the throne, the patron of the painting, Ernst of Pardubice, the first archbishop of Prague, is depicted in miniature and in profile. The painting served as the central panel of an altarpiece in the Augustinian monastery the archbishop founded in the Bohemian town of Kladsko.