Master of Elsloo From Lonely Hand to Collection of Masters

22 February–16 June 2019

Exhibition Overview

Elsloo, Parochie Sint-Augustinus, Sint-Anna-te-Drieën ╕ KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). Foto Jean-Luc Elias (1).jpg

Elsloo, Parochie Sint-Augustinus, Sint-Anna-te-Drieën.

At the end of the Middle Ages, the production of woodcarving thrived in what is now the Meuse-Rhine area. Unfortunately, we seldom know who commissioned or created these statues. To help classify them, the woodcarvers were given a 'provisional name', of whom the 'Master of Elsloo' is by far the best known. In preparation for this exhibition, several research projects have been carried out in recent years on the statues attributed to this master. Yet his identity still remains shrouded in mystery. The exhibition revisits the art-historical quest from 1940 onwards. Together, over fifty individual statues now form a big collection until 16 June 2019.

(© KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). Photo by Jean-Luc Elias.)

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