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The Master of Mondsee

26 June 2020

While many museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

Little is known about the life of the Master of Mondsee, who worked in Austria during the late 15th century. This exhibition, which was on view for a month before museums were shuttered in March, reopens at the Upper Belvedere on 1 July (until 13 September). It is the first to bring together all eight surviving paintings from the lost altarpiece at the abbey of Mondsee, which were separated in 1791; these are the only known works by the artist. They are presented alongside works by older artists such as Michael Pacher who influenced the Master of Mondsee’s style. Find out more from the Upper Belvedere’s website.

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The Flight into Egypt, from the Mondsee Altarpiece (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee.

The Flight into Egypt, from the Mondsee Altarpiece (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee. Photo: Johannes Stoll; © Belvedere, Vienna

The Circumcision of Christ, from the Mondsee altarpiece (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee

The Circumcision of Christ, from the Mondsee Altarpiece (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee. Photo: Johannes Stoll; © Belvedere, Vienna

Adoration of the Magi (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee.

Adoration of the Magi (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee. © Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz

Madonna of Ears and Abbot Benedikt Eck (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee.

Madonna of Ears and Abbot Benedikt Eck (c. 1495–99), Master of Mondsee. Photo: Johannes Stoll; © Belvedere, Vienna