Schaufenster des Himmels. Der Altenberger Altar und seine Bildausstattung

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Through fortunate circumstances, numerous pieces of the late 13th and early 14th century interior design from the former Premonstratensian convent in Altenberg an der Lahn have survived. This unique ensemble is reunited in the exhibition for the first time since the cloister closed at the beginning of the 19th century. Visitors to the exhibition and readers of the catalogue can follow the fascinating harmony of the aesthetic image program and learn the function of the individual components that provide meaning within this specific altarpiece design. The volume of accompanying essays combines the findings of the Passavant Kolloquium, a recent colloquium on this medieval high altarpiece made north of the Alps.


Jochen Sander was born on June 15, 1958. He studied in Art History, Late Antique Archaeology and History in Bonn, Vienna and Bochum. He is professor of the History of Art at the Goethe Universität, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut, Frankfurt am Main, and adjunct director and curator of German, Dutch and Flemish paintings before 1800, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. His research, publications and exhibitions are in the fields of Dutch, German and Italian painting of the Middle Ages, the Early Modern period and the Baroque.