UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active c. 1500 in Bavaria)

The Dormition of the Virgin

c. 1500
Lime-wood, 107 x 100 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao

The relief is probably an inner panel of a door of a large altarpiece, and might have been the final episode in a cycle of four reliefs depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin. The altarpiece box was presumably decorated with figures of saints or a scene such as the Coronation of the Virgin. The relief was probably mounted on a painted panel that has not been identified, as neither have been the other parts of the altarpiece. The way the surface has been treated and other details make it clear that the work was polychrome, as were most German sculptures of that period.

This high quality relief was probably carved in Eastern Bavaria, in an area between the cities of Landshut, Passau and Salzburg.




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