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5 Altarpieces

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The author of the Dresden altarpiece, conversely, was first and foremost a cleynsteker, who treated the entire surface of the work like a relief, covering it in ornament and figural scenes. One of the largest groups of alabaster reliefs exported from the Southern Netherlands, and at the same time one of the most interesting examples of adaptation of the work type for use as an altarpiece, is to be found in the little town of Sonnenburg. In Brandenburg, as in Saxony, there was also a market for alabaster sculptures from the Netherlands outside the ducal court. The altarpiece for the new church was commissioned by the heirs of Ulrich Erckels of Nuremberg, one of the founding fathers of the town of Marienberg, and an influential and extremely wealthy mining entrepreneur.

Keywords: alabaster reliefs; Brandenburg; Dresden altarpiece; Nuremberg; southern Netherlands



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