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EIN HAUPTWERK DES KAMPER MALERS ERNST ROELOFSZ. IN KRANENBURG ?

Friedrich Gorissen
Oud Holland
Vol. 72 (1957), pp. 235-238
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42718119
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

The big altarpiece of 1563 (destroyed on 19 November 1944) in the St. Peter and St. Paul's parish church of Kranenburg has hitherto been attributed to an unknown mediocre German painter (ill. 1-2). In an article entitled "Ernst Maeler of Kampen paints a triptych for St. Stephanus' Church at Nijmegen" in "Verslagen en Mededeelingen" No. 25 (Zwolle 1909) Mr J. Nanninga Uitterdijk, keeper of the municipal archives of Kampen, published a treaty concluded in 1564 with the painter Ernst van Campen relating to an altar for St. Stephens Church, Nijmegen. (Note 3). The description virtually tallies with the representation on the Kranenburg altar. This treaty also refers to "het stoffyren van den voeyt toe Cranenburch" (decoration of the foot at Kranenburg). Mr Nanninga mistook the word „voeyt" for „voûte" = vault and suggested that Mr Ernst had also painted the vault of the Kranenburg church. The word „voeyt" may however be interpreted as the foot of an altar (i.e. the wooden sculptures of the base), which was to be decorated by Mr Ernst. These data would seem to indicate that the entire altar had been painted by Ernst Roelofsz. of Kampen and that he was required to make a repetition (with different representations on the outside wings) for the church at Nijmegen.

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