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Witz Konrad

  

 

 

  
  Witz Konrad

(b Rottweil, Württemberg, c. 1400–10; d Geneva or Basle, 1445–6).

German painter. One of the great innovators in northern European painting, he turned away from the lyricism of the preceding generation of German painters. His sturdy, monumental figures give a strong impression of their physical presence, gestures are dignified and the colours strong and simple. Even scenes with several figures are strangely undramatic and static. The surface appearance of materials, especially metals and stone, is intensely observed and recorded with an almost naive precision. Powerful cast shadows help to define the spatial relationships between objects. His fresh approach to the natural world reflects that of the Netherlandish painters: the Master of Flémalle and the van Eycks. He need not, however, have trained in the Netherlands or in Burgundy as knowledge of their style could have been gained in Basle. He remained, however, untouched by the anecdotal quality present in their art, while Witz’s pure tempera technique differs emphatically from the refined use of oil glazes that endows Netherlandish pictures with their jewel-like brilliance.

 


 


Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gat

 

 

 

The Synagoge
c. 1435
Offentliche Kunstsammlung, Basle


 
 
 

Adoration of the Magi
1443-44
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva
 
 
 
 

Presentation of Cardinal de Mies to the Virgin
1443-44
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva
 
 
 
 

Abishai Kneeling before David
Wing from the Mirror of Salvation altarliece from St. Leonhard, Basle
c. 1435
 Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
 
 
 

Sabobai and Benaiah
Wing from the Mirror of Salvation altarliece from St. Leonhard, Basle
c. 1435
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
 
 
 

Madonna and Saints in a Church
c. 1440-1445
Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

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