Altar retable - ROM2004_1029_18


Altar retable

Maker: Attributed to the workshop of Jan Borman III (Netherlandish, active c. 1499-1522)
Medium:Oak, carved
Geography: Brussels, Belgium
Date: c.1510-1515
Period: Late Gothic; Medieval
223.5 x 223.5 cm
Object number: 937.8
On view
Gallery Location:Samuel European Galleries
DescriptionA retable is an altarpiece, decorated with painting or sculpture that stands at the back of an altar. Typical of Flemish carved oak retables of the South Netherlands of the late 1400s to early 1500s AD, this example displays a Late Gothic style with muted Renaissance influences. The retable, which may have had carved and/or painted wings, underwent extensive restoration during the nineteenth century. At the bottom centre are figures of two Old Testament Prophets; who may be Isaiah and Jeremiah. Above is a scene of the Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds in the background. Above the Nativity is a tableau of the Coronation of the Virgin. At the left of the central Nativity is a scene of the Circumcision, and at the right the Adoration of the Magi. At the top of the restored casework are figures of angels and the Virgin and Child.
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