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St George altar-piece, c.1520

Photo: © Dombauarchiv Köln, W. Kralisch

This carved altar-piece was made in Antwerp around 1520. It was purchased on the fine arts market in the nineteenth century and has decorated Cologne Cathedral since 1842. Three large panels in the middle section depict the Passion of Christ while the six panels in the bottom section relates scenes from Christ’s childhood. The altar-piece takes its name from the scenes featuring St George in the uppermost section and the four wings. The wings of the middle section are painted on both sides and show four scenes from the saint’s martyrdom. In the upper section, St George is depicted as the victorious dragon-slayer who saves the life of the king’s daughter. The base of the altar-piece is decorated with busts of Christ and his apostles.

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