Five Forgotten Paintings
16.09.2017 – March 2018
For the first time, five large-scale religious paintings from the Art Museum of Estonia, which have been neglected for almost a century, will be exhibited. The goal of the exhibition is to reveal, layer by layer, the origins and fate of the works from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Curator: Merike Kurisoo
Silver Documents. Artisan Pendant Shields from the 17th to 19th Centuries
The Silver Collection at the Art Museum of Estonia has the largest number of historical artisan pendant shields in Estonia: almost 300. Most of them have never been exhibited. The exhibition introduces the various functions of pendant shields and provides a survey of their artistic development through the centuries.
Curators: Anu Mänd and Tarmo Saaret
Rode Altarpiece in Close-up
History, Technical Investigation and Conservation of the Retable of the High Altar of Tallinn’s St. Nicholas’ Church
This is a large-scale project which will last several years and is focused on the conservation of the Late Middle Ages retable of the high altar in St. Nicholas’ Church. The retable is one of the grandest and best preserved northern German altar retables from the Late Middle Ages.
The Art Museum of Estonia’s collection of medieval and early modern ecclesiastical art is exhibited at the Niguliste Museum. The centrepieces of the collection are late-medieval altarpieces and wooden sculptures. The best-known work in the museum is the painting Danse Macabre from the workshop of Bernt Notke, a master from Lübeck. A 7.5-metre-long piece of the original work, completed at the end of the 15th century, has survived to the present day. One of the gems of the exhibition is the altarpiece of the high altar of St Nicholas’ Church, which was made in the workshop of Herman Rode, a master from Lübeck, and which arrived in Tallinn in 1481. This is one of the most magnificent and best preserved late medieval northern German altarpieces in Europe. The collection also includes three Netherlandish retables – the Passion altarpiece made in the workshop of the Brügge master Adriaen Isenbrandt, the altarpiece of the Virgin Mary of Tallinn’s Brotherhood of the Black Heads, which is attributed to the Master of the St. Lucia Legend, and the Holy Kinship altarpiece from Brussel’s workshop. In addition, there are altarpieces and sculptures from various Estonian churches.