Publications by Niguliste Museum 2010
Bernt Notke – Between Innovation and Tradition
Compiled and written by Anu Mänd
Designed by Liina Siib
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Niguliste Museum
2009 marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Bernt Notke (ca 1430/1440–1509), one of the most famous late mediaeval artists in the Baltic Sea region. His legacy includes two masterpieces located in Tallinn: famous painting Dance of Death in Niguliste Museum and the reredos of the High Altar of the Holy Spirit Church. Bernt Notke, mainly active in Lübeck, was the leader of a large workshop that specialized in painting as well as woodcarving. The fame of Master Notke reached far beyond the city of Lübeck, and he received commissions from several towns around the Baltic Sea, including Tallinn. The exhibition catalogue introduces the work of Bernt Notke’s workshop and explains the historical and liturgical context of the works.