Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

They have been separated for centuries, but at Easter 2022 the seven panels of the legendary ‘Karlsruhe Passion‘ will meet again, in fact they will remain together for a whole year in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. The late Gothic panels with scenes from the Passion Narrative of Christ are among the finest examples of late Medieval pictorial art. Recent research suggests that Hans Hirtz of Strasbourg, a contemporary of Stefan Lochner, painted the work. His storytelling technique is both dramatic and fascinating: resolutely the plot is driven forward from one painting to the next. Hirtz cleverly repeats certain figures in order to link the panels with each other. Spatial consistency is also maintained by the landscapes and architectural elements that are continued across the panels. The famous ‘Arrest of Christ‘ from the Wallraf together with the six panels from the Karlsruhe Kunsthalle retells the whole Passion Narrative – from Easter 2022 until Easter 2023 in the museum’s Medieval Department.