The Netherlands and Germany

A 15th–Century Dialogue
Works from the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt in the context of the Städel Museum’s collection

25 October 2007 to 27 February 2008

The two panels of a Passion altar from the Middle Rhine dating from about 1440, which are part of the collection of the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt and provided the “Master of the Darmstadt Passion” with his “notnamen”, may be regarded as classic examples of the way art in the Netherlands impacted on German painting in the first half of the 15th century.

In addition to further works by the “Master of the Darmstadt Passion”, the “Master of Grossgmain”, and the “Master of the Virgin at Covarrubias”, these panels were part of the thematic presentation “The Netherlands and Germany: A 15th–Century Dialogue”, which illustrated this impact in the Städel Museum’s hall dedicated to early Dutch painting.

With the “Flémalle Panels” by the “Master of Flémalle” named after them or Jan van Eyck’s “Lucca Madonna”, the Städel’s famous collection of early Dutch works offered a series of extraordinary comparable objects which convincingly substantiated the postulated context.

CURATOR: Dr. Bodo Brinkmann, Städel Museum