Arnt der Bilderschneider
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Arnt the picture cutter

Master of the animated sculptures
Figur eines knienden Dieners aus dem Relief mit der Anbetung der Heiligen Drei Könige, Werkstatt des Meisters Arnt von Kalkar und Zwolle, 1480–1490, Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, M. Mennicken
June 25, 2020 - September 20, 2020
Museum Schnütgen
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The first monographic exhibition on the founder of a rich picture carving school on the Lower Rhine takes visitors back in time to the late Middle Ages. Around 50 works by the artist, who worked between around 1460 and 1492, are shown. The late Gothic oeuvre of Master Arnt captivates with its extraordinary liveliness, richness of topics and joy of storytelling. At the beginning of 2019, the Museum Schnütgen succeeded in acquiring three fragments that have so far been lost, with which a main work by Master Arnt that is already in the museum collection, the altarpiece with the adoration of the Magi, can be completed and shown in this form for the first time. Another important work by the sculptor comes from the Nicolaikirche in Kalkar. The Georg altar, which is about seven meters wide when opened, is presented in this exhibition for the first time outside the church. Additional top-class loans - to name just a few international lenders - come from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée de Cluny in Paris and the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels as well as from numerous churches on the Lower Rhine. Master Arnt stands for the connection of artistic impulses of the Lower Rhine with those of the neighboring Netherlands: From about 1460-1484 he worked in the lower Lower Rhine in Kalkar and from about 1484-1492 in Zwolle, today's capital of the Dutch province Overijssel. His workshop supplied numerous places around the IJsselmeer and the region around Kleve. In addition to altarpieces with figure-rich narrative reliefs, statues of saints and striking individual figures of Christ, angels and Our Lady with Child, the preserved work of Master Arnt includes altarpieces. Despite the productivity of his workshop, Master Arnt is still largely unknown to a broader public - the exhibition in the Museum Schnütgen will bring together a considerable part of his oeuvre especially for this exhibition and offers the chance of a (new) discovery of the "image cutter".

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