Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
The Weimar collection on display in Mühlhausen offers a unique insight into late medieval Thuringian art.
With its numerous depictions of the Virgin Mary, Christ and the saints, the exhibition presents a vivid portrayal of the strongly religious character of the Middle Ages. The arrangement of valuable altars, sculptures and paintings in the authentic venue of St. Mary’s recreates the impression of a richly decorated interior of a medieval church. Centuries-old legends of the saints, such as Mary and the Unicorn and of St. George the Dragon Slayer, highlight the religious world of beliefs of that time.
Most of the approximately 60 works in the collection originally came from Thuringian churches and chapels and were created in artists’ workshops in Erfurt, Saalfeld, Jena and Altenburg. Other items have been identified as originating from the neighbouring regions of Franconia and Saxony and possess stylistic features which artistically tie Thuringia with the Franconian and Saxon painting and sculpting centres. Other pieces demonstrate Albrecht Dürer’s influence and that of his teacher Michael Wolgemut from Nurnberg.
The Weimar collection is also historically interesting due to the fact that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of its key supporters.
The exhibition is a joint project by the Mühlhäuser Museen and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, financed by the Thuringian State Chancellery.
“Of Unicorns and Dragon Slayers – Medieval Art from Thuringia”
opens 13 November 2018
Museum St. Marien | Müntzergedenkstätte