Medieval Methods, Materials & Meanings

Master of the Holy Kinship, Cologne The Torture of the Maccabean Brothers, Befor
Master of the Holy Kinship, Cologne The Torture of the Maccabean Brothers, Before 1517, Oil on Oak Panel, 40 3/16 x 28 1/9 inches (courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co.)

Caleb de Jong reviews the exhibition Late Medieval Panel Paintings Methods, Materials & Meanings at Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, on view through January 27, 2012.

De Jong writes that "the central focus [of the exhibition] is on Central and Northern Europe, particularly Switzerland and the German City-States. For reasons both cultural and practical, German Renaissance artists never moved away from the panel. Instead, their province, as the Italians became the super-sized canvas and the Moghuls the miniature piece of paper, became the hard backed support of the panel painting... The panel paintings on display, rarely seen anywhere let alone in a New York gallery, offer a chance to peep inside an art historical crevice to witness a moment before everything changed."