Bertram of Minden ca. 1340 – 1414/15

The creation of the animals

mixed techniques on panel (84 × 56 cm) — 1383 Museum Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Bertram of Minden biography

This work is linked to Genesis 1:20

This is one of the panels on the inner side of the left inner wing of the Grabow altarpiece.

According to the creation story in Genesis, the fish and the birds were created on the fifth day, and the land animals on the sixth day. Bertram stuck to the story and shows both wild and tame animals: note the fox that bites the sheep in the neck.

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