This impressive painting on limewood with a gold background emulates the style of Nuremberg’s most famous artist, Albrecht Dürer. The main figure group is in fact based on a woodcut print by Dürer of about 1504. The picture was commissioned by a rich Nuremberg family, Michael Lochner von Huttenbach, his wife Catharina von Plauen and their two children, who can be seen as diminutive figures at the bottom of the panel.
Master of the Schwabach Altarpiece Christ Taking Leave of His Mother 1506 © Compton Verney, photo by Jamie Woodley
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