Man of Sorrows with Two Angels
Man of Sorrows with Two Angels (opened triptych)
Young Man and Death (closed triptych)
end 15th c.
Der Meister des Hausbuches (The Master of the Book Of Wisdom)
When the triptych is closed, the personification of Death is shown as it unexpectedly seizes a young man dressed in luxurious 15th c. bourgeois attire. The scene is painted in grisaille (grey colour only). Under the figure of Christ a quote from Dies irae runs along the frame: Weary of searching for me, sit you down. The idealized figures are rendered with the utmost precision and Renaissance realism is under Netherland influence.