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Altarpiece of Saint Barbara, central panel

Master of Saint Barbara’s Altarpiece1447

The National Museum in Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

In the mid-15th century an exceptional work of art appeared in Silesia – the Altarpiece of Saint Barbara. This altarpiece adorned the main altar of St Barbara’s Church in Wrocław [Vrotz-wahv]. In the centre we see three statuesque figures, they are St Barbara and Saints Felix and Adauctus. The attribute of St Barbara is a tower, in which, according to legend, she was imprisoned by her godless father. The depiction of her life and martyrdom alongside scenes from the life and suffering of Christ, is an example of the practice known as imitatio Christi.

Details

  • Title: Altarpiece of Saint Barbara, central panel
  • Creator: Master of Saint Barbara’s Altarpiece
  • Date: 1447
  • Location Created: Wroclaw
  • Provenance: From St Barbara’s Church in Wrocław
  • Physical Dimensions: w233 x h175 cm
  • Inv. no.: Śr.35 NMW
  • Type: Paintings
  • Medium: fir and spruce wood panels

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