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The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

around 1490

Evidence of the latter is the unique panel painting depicting the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus flanked on her right by St Barbara and on her left by St Catherine. The two saints are easily identified by their attributes: St Barbara carries in her hands a tower symbolising her immurement by her father, while St Catherine carries the sword with which she was deca- pitated. At the centre of the picture the Virgin carries in her arms the infant Jesus who holds a book as a symbol of the Christian faith. The remaining figure in the picture is a nobleman kneeling at the feet of the Mother of God. The sign of his nobility is the coat of arms placed at his feet and the horse with its ceremonial saddle. According to the custom of the time the figure of the donor, who belongs to the earthly realm, is depicted on a much smaller scale than the other figures, who belong to the the celestial kingdom. The uniformly gold background, symbolising eternity, looks somewhat anachronistic in this painting. By the end of the 15th century painters quite often placed their figures in a landscape setting, which brought the sacred reality closer to worldly life.

MISTR KRÁLOVÉHRADECKÝ

The Master of the Hradec Králové Altar, a contemporary of the better-known Master of the Křivoklát Altar, was given his name as the creator of the altar triptych of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Hradec Králové. He was a late Gothic painter who created his works, some of which are located in the Church of the Assumption in Chrudim and in the Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Sobětuchy, at the end of the 15th century under the influence of the mediaeval painting of Cologne and Bavaria.
The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

around 1490
Bello, Marco / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

Bello, Marco / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

(1st decade of the 16th century)
Aachen, Hans von / Job in Misfortune

Aachen, Hans von / Job in Misfortune

(pre-1600)
Fetti, Domenico / Adonis

Fetti, Domenico / Adonis

(post 1613)
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