Mittelalterliche Bildwerke aus Utrecht 1430-1530
The catalogue presents medieval Utrecht sculpture from before the Iconoclasm, the period when mobs destroyed many images in the city’s Catholic churches. The masterpieces shown range from monumental altarpieces, replete with statues, sculptures of saints in various dimensions and versions to comparatively small, yet highly detailed, pipeclay figures. Revealing the full splendour of Netherlandish art before the Golden Age, the catalogue demonstrates that it was not the Caravaggisti who first cast the light of the art world onto Utrecht. Some 100 years before the great Baroque painters graced the stage, Dutch sculptors and carvers enjoyed an international reputation, and were exporting their artefacts to north, south and east Europe.