Currently this tutorial contains the work of only one artist, Michael Pacher. It would have been so much easier if we could have included him in Venice, since Pacher was influenced by the work of the great Venetian painter Mantegna. But Pacher spoke German, and the specific area he was from (today in the north-east of Italy), was known as Tyrol (though there is a state of Tyrol today in Austria). Confusing, we know. In this tutorial, we take a look at Pacher’s amazing St. Wolfgang Altarpiece which is still in the church it was made for—a church on a lake surrounded by mountains in Austria, still visited by religious pilgrims. Most altarpieces in the Renaissance were made of many interconnected panels that were later sold and ended up in different collections, and this means that to see one altarpiece you usually have to travel to many museums. But this is not true of the St. Wolfgang altarpiece. Seeing a Renaissance work of art in the space it was made for helps us to travel back in time to the late 15th Century.


  1. Pacher, St. Wolfgang Altarpiece Pacher, St. Wolfgang Altarpiece