They say most visitors to Colmar go to see the Isenheim altar piece by Matthias Grunewald in 1552 in the Chapel of the Antonites Convent. Best seen as an integral part of a series of related works it is said to explain the meaning of suffering
We had enough suffering the night before trying to find the Museum in the maze of one way old streets that hold the Old Town of Colmar together.
Such was the pain I had to repair to the fantastic old Alsace villages of Riquewiher and Ribeauville to recuperate in the hills before another attack in the morning
Resuscitated by Gewurzstraminer and dry Riesling the night before,
Saturday traffic facilitated finding a parking place near the Museum
After this costly epicurean effort it was an anticlimax to find the famous piece without lighting and obscured by heavy scaffolding
I saw no warning even in small print in the dark Cloisters that the Altarpiece was undergoing restoration and difficult to view
Nor any reduction on the E 8 entrance fee!
The artwork is well described in Michelin Verte with a beautiful copy of the painting and no doubt in every tourist guide on Colmar
So better wait til restoration is complete
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