The Isenheim Altarpiece: God's Medicine and the Painter's Vision

The Isenheim Altarpiece: God's Medicine and the Painter's Vision

by Andree Hayum
     
 

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Andrée Hayum approaches Matthias Grünewald's Isenheim Altarpiece, now at the Musée d'Unterlinden in Colmar, as a structural and iconographic entity and restores it to its broader cultural context in the early sixteenth century. She interprets the altarpiece in terms of its hospital context, then explores how this polyptych functions as a system

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Andrée Hayum approaches Matthias Grünewald's Isenheim Altarpiece, now at the Musée d'Unterlinden in Colmar, as a structural and iconographic entity and restores it to its broader cultural context in the early sixteenth century. She interprets the altarpiece in terms of its hospital context, then explores how this polyptych functions as a system of communication, in relation to contemporary sermons and in response to an emerging print culture. The meaning and motivation behind the direct visual appeal of the Isenheim panels are considered within the liturgy and the sacramental economy.

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Winner of the 1991 Charles Rufus Morey Award, College Art Association

"Andrée Hayum's sensitive and passionate book is not only a learned study but it is also a personal confession. . . . [She] has chosen a highly ambitious and broadly conceived approach to a complex and mysterious subject."--Willibald Sauerlander, The New York Review of Books

"Like the Isenheim Altarpiece itself, Hayum's text has the beauty of being accessible to two distinct, but related audiences: the interested layman and the serious scholar."--Diane G. Scillia, The Sixteenth Century Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691000879
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/13/1993
Series:
Princeton Essays on the Arts Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.57(d)

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