The Isenheim Altarpiece: Iconography, Function & Context


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What was the Monastery of Saint Anthony, where the Isenheim Altarpiece was located, known for?

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1. What is unusual about the crucified Christ in the closed view of the Isenheim Altarpiece?

2. If the first view emphasizes suffering, what is the focus of the second view?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With the potential for being viewed as three different works, the Isenheim Altarpiece is a famous piece of art completed in the 1500s for the Monastery of St. Anthony. This quiz and worksheet combination will help determine how well you understand this piece by asking questions pertaining to the monastery and the various unique views of the Altarpiece.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions regarding:

  • The comparison of first and second view of the Altarpiece
  • The monastery of St. Anthony
  • The message and purpose of the Altarpiece
  • Saint Anthony
  • The closed view of the Altarpiece

Skills Practiced

You will have an opportunity to practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related art history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Saint Anthony
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Isenheim Altarpiece

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson, 'The Isenheim Altarpiece: Iconography, Function & Context,' to learn more about this work of art. This lesson will address the following objectives:

  • Learn about the creation of the Isenheim Altarpiece
  • Identify the Monastery of St. Anthony in France
  • Understand the first, closed view with the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, Saint Anthony, and the Crucifixion of Christ
  • Address the second view with the Annunciation and Resurrection
  • Know about the message of the third view, with Saint Anthony meeting with Saint Paul the Hermit and Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons