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Martin Schongauer, <em>Madonna of the Rose Bower</em>
Martin Schongauer, Madonna of the Rose Bower

Schongauer paints an intimate scene of Mary and the Christ child surrounded by symbolic details—roses, strawberries, and goldfinches.

Follower of Bernard Palissy, rustic platter
Follower of Bernard Palissy, rustic platter

Snakes, frogs, and lizards, oh my!

Christine de Pizan and a City of Ladies
Christine de Pizan and a City of Ladies

Christine de Pizan was an author and intellectual and wasn't afraid to show the strength of women in the early 15th century.

Enguerrand Quarton(?), <em>Pietà of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon</em>
Enguerrand Quarton(?), Pietà of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

This panel has one foot in the medieval tradition, but Christ’s body and the cleric’s face point to a new realism.

<em>The Harrowing of Hell</em>
The Harrowing of Hell

Straight from the monster’s mouth! Christ leads the way as Adam and Eve escape the jaws of Hell.

Michael Pacher, <em>Saint Wolfgang Altarpiece</em>
Michael Pacher, Saint Wolfgang Altarpiece

This “total work of art” unites sculpture, painting, and architecture—and connects real space to a visionary realm.

<em>The Unicorn Tapestries</em>
The Unicorn Tapestries

This is a creature so pure it can’t be caught—maybe that’s why the meaning of the tapestry eludes us.

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