Fragment of a circular window from the Cistercian Abbey of Pilisszentkereszt
Old Hungarian Collection
|Object type||winged altar|
|Medium, technique||pine-wood, lindenwood, painted, gilt|
223 × 269 cm
|Collection||Old Hungarian Collection|
|On view||Hungarian National Gallery Building D, First Floor, Late Gothic Winged Altarpieces|
The richly gilded inner part of the altarpiece was decorated with carved figures whose style belongs to the circle of Master Paul, the maker of the high altar in Saint James’ church in Lőcse (today Levoča, Slovakia), who was employed widely in the whole of Northeastern Hungary in the early 16th century. The closest to our altar in style is the high altar of Saint Martin’s church in Héthárs (today Lipany, Slovakia), bearing the date 1526. It is still debated, whether these works are to be attributed to an independent workshop or to the late period of Master Paul.
Above the kneeling archangel Gabriel and Mary, God appears, hovering in the clouds, accompanied by angels playing music. The scene is framed by a lush, gilt foliage motif forming trefoil at the top. On the altar wings, the popular virgin saints, Dorothy, Barbara, Catherine and Margaret are depicted, while the predella contains a depiction of the Adoration of the Magi. The eight scenes visible when the altar wings are closed represent events of the Virgin’s life from the Visitation to the Assumption in compositions that faithfully adapt to Dürer’s woodcut series.
This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.