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 Matthias Grünewald


 Flemish Painter of the Gothic Era

Stylistically influenced by the following painters; Jan Van Eyck, and Rogier Van der Weyden

Cause of Death - Old Age
  Grünewald lived during troubled and restless times. The world was in transition. The old medieval order imposed by the Church was buckling under the expansion of towns, the rise of the merchant class, the emergence of national states, the spread of religious reform and  invention of the printing press. People were becoming fascinated with science, political affairs and far off places. Matthias Grünewald was born at the beginning of the modern world. In his life time he was recognized as one of the most greatest painters. The prevailing characteristic of his paintings and altarpieces is meticulous execution, with the concern for perfection typical of the Gothic tradition. His paintings were cherished for their haunting beauty and spiritual exuberance. Wealthy burghers and prosperous clerics were keen to acquire Grunewald paintings and the commissions flooded in.

His subjects, like his predecessors, are primarily religious – the Virgin Mary, the Life of Christ, the Apostles, Angeles and the Life of St. Francis.

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