UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active around 1170 in Westphalia)

Antependium

c. 1170
Oak wood, 99 x 193 cm
Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster

This majesty antependium comes from the Walpurgis church in Soest. It is the only surviving Romanesque antependium in Germany. What is noticeable about the voluminous treatment of the robes is the tapering folds of the red cloaks worn by Walpurgis, Mary, John, Augustine and Christ. They all end in an unusually sharp-edged jagged line. This provides a peculiar contrast to the forms otherwise employed in the garments and the bodies of the figures, which are undulating and gently rounded.

This example illustrates the exceptional form of Romanesque painting known as the German "zigzag style," or sometimes "jagged style." It marks the transition to the Gothic style.




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