Le collectionneur - Chefs-d'oeuvre du Moyen-Age - Georges Hoentschel

Masterpieces from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Masterpieces from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: very early on, Georges Hoentschel became interested in art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, sometimes overlooked by his contemporaries. In his many visits to people’s homes he noticed how beautiful such objects were and took every opportunity to acquire them. The collection that he put together was considerable and included a number of masterpieces that can today be seen in the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York.

Left: the Angel of Le Lude, cast iron by Jehan Barbet, dated 28th march 1475. It was displayed at the Universal Exhibition in 1867 (on display today at the Frick Collection in New York). Centre photo: shrine – Christ in Majesty and the Lamb of God (circa 1190, copper with blue enamel). Right: Virgin and child (12th century – oak polychrome).