Admire the Altarpiece during its restoration!
The Isenheim Altarpiece will be on view during its restoration, giving you the opportunity to admire it from a new angle!
The Musée Unterlinden’s masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece created by Grünewald and Niclaus of Haguenau, is to be restored. The process will begin on 18 September 2018 with the sculptures.
The polyptych is composed of painted panels and sculptures dating from the early 16th century. With the emphasis on our visitor’s expectations, it will be restored in situ, at the heart of the museum, so you will still be able to admire most of the paintings and statues. The painted panels undergoing restoration will remain on view, as they will be visible behind a glass wall.
The visitors will observe each phase of the restoration, from cleaning to the retouching of the polychrome decoration of the sculptures and the frames and the painted layer of the panels. Besides the conservation of the work, the restoration will reveal the liveliness of the painter’s palette, which is currently obscured to a significant extent by the brown discolouration of the varnish.