The Paumgartner Altarpiece (c. 1498-1504) by Albrecht Durer

The Paumgartner Altarpiece - Albrecht Durer - c. 1498-1504

Artwork Information

TitleThe Paumgartner Altarpiece
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Datec. 1498-1504
MediumOil On Panel
Current LocationAlte Pinakothek, Munich

About The Paumgartner Altarpiece

The Paumgartner Altarpiece is a notable triptych painting by Albrecht Dürer, created between 1498-1504 as commissioned by the Paumgartner family of Nuremberg. The central panel illustrates a nativity scene featuring baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Meanwhile, the wings display Saint George on the left and Saint Eustace on the right. The saints’ faces are donor portraits of the brothers Stephan and Lucas Paumgartner.

The artwork is an early Renaissance piece from Germany that showcases Dürer’s style in depicting realistic human form with intricate details. Other members of the family are also depicted in the painting. Interestingly, it was subjected to damage in 1988 when an attacker poured sulphuric acid on it.

Apart from this masterpiece, Albrecht Dürer was recognized for his other works including religious paintings and celebrated portraits made for wealthy citizens of Nuremberg. His mastery has been acknowledged worldwide as he exhibits themes that have never been depicted before during his time. As a result of his prolific contributions to art history coupled with critics’ acclaim for his ingenious workmanship and skillful use of perspective and anatomical correctness have insured lasting fame for him over five centuries later.

The altarpiece resides at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich where tourists can still marvel at its exceptional beauty up close — allowing for ongoing appreciation and admiration even after years since creation.

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