Saturday, February 21, 2015

Anonymous Polyptych

Polyptych crafted 1450 AD in Wallraf Richartz Museum, Koln
A polyptych is a multi-paneled painting, usually used as an altar-piece. This particular anonymous polyptych shows the life of Christ, and except for the first three panels, (Annunciation, Birth of Christ and Three Kings,) the other 9 show various scenes from the passion of Christ, from the Last Supper to the Resurrection. These panels were produced also to be used as visuals to teach children and adults about the life of Christ, similar to the role that stained-glass windows had over the years. Most of these polyptychs were place in front of the altar, so that people can look at them while praying in church. Realizing that many people could not read in the past, this was an ideal way to teach about the life of Jesus. Please do click on the image to get a better resolution.

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