At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Der gute Weg zum Himmel

The Good Path to Heaven: Late Medieval Images of Dying Well. The Painting ars bene moriendi from the Peter and Irene Ludwig Collection
The catalogue and exhibition in cooperation with the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen are dedicated to an important work from the Peter and Irene Ludwig Collection. The oak-wood panel created in 1475 deals
with the, for panel painting, quite rare subject of the ars bene moriendi, of the, in medieval times, central question of dying well. This panel has now undergone extensive examination with respect to style and iconography, and been classified as part of the topic of dying well and portraying the Intercession (the Protection of Maria and Christ). Other valuable works such as the unique “ars moriendi” block book of the Gutenberg-Museum in Mainz supplement this concentrated discourse.

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"Der gute Weg zum Himmel"

February 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0209-1

22,00 x 28,00 cm

144 Pages

50 colored and 13 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, with dust-jacket

Languages: German

Dagmar Preising, Michael Rief, Christine Vogt
Text by
Gesine Emmerich, Dagmar Preising, Michael Rief, Christine Vogt 
Design by
Uwe Eichholz, Aachen
Exhibition: „Der gute Weg zum Himmel – Spätmittelalterliche. Bilder zum richtigen Sterben. Das Gemälde ars bene moriendi aus der Sammlung Peter und Irene Ludwig“, 21.2.–8.5.2016, LUDWIGGALERIE Schloss Oberhausen