Dürer, Death and Donor
When i was last in Munich I had a free day, so I made a pilgrimage to Nuremberg specifically to see these stained glass panels based on designs by Albercht Dürer: Death on Horseback, and The Provost Sixtus Tucher standing on his open Grave, both from 1502. Lovely, macabre little pieces, sensitively painted. Compare with the same theme executed around the same time in the panel for Henry Williams, Vicar of Stratford on Avon, below.
The rest of the Museum was fantastic, as well. As you'd expect, a rich collection of German Renaissance paintings, which are becoming a fascination of mine.
But the two collections that really stuck out for me were:
+ a wonderful display of German folk art, which included this reverse painting on glass of a rather coy looking blushing Jesus; and
+ a bizarre collection of what I can only describe as sensationalistic tabloid journalism from the 1500's. I can't recall the specific stories recounted in these prints, but they were all sensational stories of miracles, curses, cures, plagues, strange births, monsterous creatures and wonderous signs told with breathless hyperbole (English translations were helpfully provided on the wall) If anyone can translsate these for me, or point me to a good book about such things, I'd be happy to post it.