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This section deals with an alabaster altarpiece, which not only resembles the Dresden and Berlin-Sonnenburg altarpieces but is remarkably similar to the work depicted on the drawing from the collection of the Ratsschulbibliothek in Zwickau referred to in relation to the Zwickau and the Marienberg retables. The history of the attribution of the Pécs altarpiece is symptomatic. The monopolisation of trade in Renaissance sculpture by Italian art merchants was also conducive to attributions of the altarpiece. Many Southern Netherlandish alabaster works shared a similar fate, being thought Italian for centuries - some even until as recently as the mid-20th century. The author strongly believes that these works, which were in the main vehicles for universal Christian content, could only become weapons in interdenominational disputes in specific contexts.

Keywords: alabaster altarpiece; Italian art merchants; Renaissance sculpture; universal Christian content



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