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Relief of Saint Lawrence Presenting the Poor

Master of the Sonnenberg-Künigl Altar (Austrian, active late 15th century)
ca. 1490
Made in Bruneck (now Italy, Trentino-Alto), South Tyrol, Austria
White or stone pine, paint, gilt
Overall: 26 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (67.3 x 61.6 x 9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number:
Not on view
St. Lawrence is portrayed presenting the poor as the true wealth of the Church. This panel and another in Munich come from a large now-dismantled altarpiece dedicated to the saint. The anonymous master of this work is named after another altarpiece commissioned by the abbess Barbara Künigl for the convent church at Sonnenberg. He appears to have been a pupil of Michael Pacher, the leading Tirolean painter and sculptor of the period, and to have been active in Bruneck, in the South Tirol.
Baron Cassel van Doorn, Kassel ; [ Benito Pardo, Paris (sold 1955)]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 104, pp. 220-221, 261.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at The Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 46, no. 3 (Winter 1988-1989). p. 23.

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