The Flagellation

Master of the Berswordt Altar German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

These panels were among thirty scenes of an extensive narrative cycle that formed part of a large altarpiece from the Neustädter Marienkirche in Bielefeld, Westphalia. They were created two decades before panel painting underwent a revolution through the art of Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin, and Rogier van der Weyden, who achieved a new sense of realism in their works. The artist, one of the foremost painters of the International Gothic style in northwest Germany, still adhered to the traditional gilded background, although the inclusion of a horizon and some schematic natural motifs indicate an outdoor setting for both scenes.

The Flagellation, Master of the Berswordt Altar (German, Westphalian, active ca. 1400–35), Oil, egg(?), and gold on plywood, transferred from wood

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