Sunday, 5 February 2012

Featured Artist: Matthias Grünewald

It's been a while since the last one of these, and this time I have something truly twisted for you. Matthias Grünewald (1470- 1526) is a bit special, in that he bridges the Renaissance realism that was all the rage back then, and the balls-to-the-wall, scaring-the-shit-out-of-you-to-make-you-pray mentality of the Medieval painters[1].

As has become the form of these posts, I'll skip any further pontification on the topic and show you some of the artist's work. Note that all of these images are sections of altar-pieces, not named or linked to due to good old laziness.

This portrays St. Sebastian, but it is believed
that it is actually a self portrait
Lastly I've got a piece of Grünewald curiosa with a possible RPG application (if you're into little metal dudes on your table).

This little bugger can be seen in
panels 1 and 2

This mini may be a tad on the large side (5 inches), and a bit on the expensive side (USD 124.99), but one can't have everything. The vendor also has a couple of other Grünewald figures available if you should be interested.


  1. Those top panels and the mini are very reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are....

  2. Love the mini. I wonder if anyone has done Bosch minis.

    I saw the Temptation of St Antonius painting a while ago in real life, at an exhibition showing the subject of St Antonius through the ages. It is truly striking and it has a very modern feeling to it, far nearer to Max Ernst's work that to his contemporaries. It's also one of the most brutal of all the paintings about that subject, even Bosch is far gentler in comparison.

    1. As Loq said, Grünewald looks very modern at first glance. I had to do a double take when I found out when he actually lived. As for old Hieronimus, I think Mat would have given him indigestion.