Description: Hardcover with dust jacket. 80 pages. 11 1/2" high x 10" wide.
Condition: Spine caps lightly bumped. Some edge wear along the lower edge. Previous owner's name in ink on the inside front cover.
Dust Jacket: Shelf wear and scuffing. Heavy creasing along the upper edge. Large closed tear at the top front next to the spine. Closed tear repaired with tape at the lower front. Large area of paper loss at the top rear and the top spine. Now protected by a mylar cover.
Contents: The Isenheim Altarpiece is an altarpiece sculpted and painted by, respectively, the Germans Niclaus of Haguenau and Matthias Grünewald in 1512-1516. It is on display at the Unterlinden Museum at Colmar, Alsace, in France. The museum celebrated the 500th anniversary of the work in 2012. It is Grünewald's largest work, and is regarded as his masterpiece. It was painted for the Monastery of St. Anthony in Isenheim near Colmar, which specialized in hospital work. The Antonine monks of the monastery were noted for their care of plague sufferers as well as their treatment of skin diseases, such as ergotism. The image of the crucified Christ is pitted with plague-type sores, showing patients that Jesus understood and shared their afflictions.
This book gives the history of the Altarpiece and displays its panels in black-and-white and color tipped-in plates.