Restorers inspect the Isenheim Altarpiece

Restorers inspect the Isenheim Altarpiece

The Isenheim Altarpiece It is the main attraction in the Unterlinden Museum that has led to its international fame. It is a masterpiece by two authors belonging to the late Gothic: Matthias Grünewald for painted panels and Nicolaus de Haguenau for the sculpted part.

For three years his restoration process. In 2011 the restoration began in the museum's chapel, later it was moved to the Dominican church due to the expansion works that have taken place in the museum. While this process was being carried out, the altarpiece has remained visible during the hours that the museum was open. Restorers Carole Juillet and Florence Meyerfield are restoring a panel without affecting the overall view of the piece.

With the exception of some holidays, the sides of the altarpiece remain closed, on the left of which the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian is shown pierced with arrows and on the right Saint Anthony. The two saints are known for curing the sick and protecting them, Saint Anthony for being invoked before the victims of the fire and Saint Sebastian whose help was requested before the victims of the plague.

The Crucifixion of Grünewald is considered as one of the most moving works at the time of representing this type of scene in which Christ is shown covered with sores and pain and immense in a terrible agony. The Virgin Mary is represented on her right in the arms of Juan, one of the disciples, and with her face framed in a feeling of anguish. On the left John the Baptist is represented, whose representation is only symbolic since he was executed by Herod before the crucifixion of Jesus took place.

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