Jan Polack Presentation by Quinn Paltrow-McCole


Jan Polack was a painter who was born in the town of Krakow in 1450 and died very close to the town of Muu 1519. He spent most of his life creating paintings in Bavaria that mainly showed humanism and naturalism because they showcased people's emotions, along with textures and light differences. Polack had a formal education at the Munich School of Painting, which helped his painting career immensely. His paintings were mainly biblical like: The Death of Saint Corbinian, Portrait of a Benedictine Monk, and The Annunciation. His patron was Munich because he made paintings for the churches and people in the city.

Polack, Jan. "The Death of Saint Corbinian." 1484-1485. Oil painting. Alte Pinakothek, Munich.


One of the paintings Polack created is called The Death of Saint Corbinian located in Alte Pinakothek, Munich and copy of this painting would probably be in a church since it is very biblical. The painting was made in the times of 1484-1485 and it depicts a man lying in bed with a bible who is surrounded by a group of men. The men around him are also facing him with worried looks on their faces. Some of the men are praying, some are holding their hands to their chests, and one is holding a bible for the man in the bed. The building that all of the men are looks as though it is taller or in front of other buildings around it, so it is probably a temple. Looking at the whole picture, it seems like the man in the bed is dying or ill and the other men around him are trying to pray for him and his wellness. The painting shows a story, instead of just a pretty design. Because the painting has meaning, I find it very interesting. This piece was created using humanism because the emotions of the characters is the most important part of the piece and it brings the whole painting together as a whole. Humanism looks at people as individuals, and emotions of the people in this painting are very important. This painting is significant because it shows people as individuals, not just workers of God, which is an important part of the Renaissance.

More information about this picture is on this link: http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/bio/p/polack/biograph.html

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"Web Gallery of Art, Searchable Fine Arts Image Database." Web Gallery of Art, Searchable Fine Arts Image Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.

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