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Hidden treasures of the collection

The fifth presentation

Since last November the Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz' has shown works of art from its collection, which despite their indisputable quality have not been on public display for a considerable time. The reasons for their absence are partly in order to ensure their conservation, and partly the result of the limited space available. Now these otherwise hidden gems can be discovered at leisure in a special individual presentation. Accompanied by additional events such as talks and special guided tours, the works of art can be examined from all perspectives and discussed. Representatives from a wide range of professions will be invited so that the discussion can extend far beyond the usual art historical field. 

For our fifth presentation, we will show an exceptionally rare and very seldom exhibited drawing by Matthias Grünewald, Half-figure of a Woman Lamenting, created around 1512 to 1515. This will be on view for three months only. Just like his world-famous altar panels, Grünewald's drawings are regarded as first-rate artistic masterpieces. Only 29 of his works on paper now survive world-wide. In his elaborate charcoal sketches, the artist worked on the postures, the fall of the garments and the emotional expression of his figures, before implementing these in his altar pieces. He studied the possibilities for different light effects and creating pictorial depth in shades of grey and a range of different drawing techniques. The drawing from the ʻAm Römerholzʼ collection served as the basis for two figures in his magnum opus, the Isenheim Altarpiece: Both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene in the crucifixion panel are inspired by this drawing.

Exhibition duration: November 30, 2017 - February 18, 2018 

Matthias Grünewald, Half-figure of a Woman lamenting, c. 1512/15, Black chalk on paper, 40,4 (left)/41,5 (right) x 29,6 (above)/30,2 (below) cm, Oskar Reinhart Collection ʻAm Römerholzʼ, Winterthur
Matthias Grünewald, Half-figure of a Woman lamenting, c. 1512/15, Black chalk on paper, 40,4 (left)/41,5 (right) x 29,6 (above)/30,2 (below) cm, Oskar Reinhart Collection ʻAm Römerholzʼ, Winterthur

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