St. Wolfgang Altarpiece

St. Wolfgang Altarpiece

Artist Michael Pacher

Date 1471-81

Movement Northern Renaissance

Medium Carved wood, oil on panel

Dimensions figures life-sized

Housed at Church of St. Wolfgang, Austria


Many altarpieces of the era were comprised of a sculpted corpus that was flanked by outer panels. Pacher depicts the crowning of Mary as the Queen of Heaven; the gilt figures mass together, so much so that only their heads are clearly legible; Gothic canopies hang above. The flanking outer panels are significantly more legible; they depict scenes from the life of Mary.