In the year of the Reformation 2017, the Staatsgalerie staged the first comprehensive monographic exhibition ever devoted to the Master of Messkirch. An artist active exclusively in the region of Upper Swabia, the Master of Messkirch is among the most prominent German painters of the early modern era. Even if it has never proven possible to determine his identity as a historically documented person, his rank as an outstanding colourist has long been undisputed. His altar paintings are of the utmost historical interest because they document a regional adherence to the Roman Catholic faith that ran contrary to the Reformation, which encompassed nearly all of Württemberg. The exhibition united a large proportion of the Messkirch Master’s panel paintings and drawings, which are today scattered among museums and private collections in Europe and the U.S. Instructive constellations with Protestant-oriented works executed at almost exactly the same time will convey a highly nuanced impression of the wide spectrum of artistic expression in the Reformation age.
Under the patronage of Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg: