The Flemish-influenced Madonna of the Rosebush (1473), noted German artist Martin Schongauer's most celebrated painting, hangs in the Église des Dominicains. Stolen from St-Martin's in 1972 and later recovered, the work has almost certainly been reduced in size from its original state but retains enormous impact. The grace and intensity of the Virgin match that of the Christ Child; yet her slender fingers dent the child's soft flesh (and his fingers entwine her
curls) with immediate intimacy. Schongauer's text for her crown is: Me carpes genito tuo o santissima virgo ("Choose me also for your child, O holiest Virgin"). Until renovations are completed at, Église des Dominicains will also be displaying one of the greatest altarpieces of the 16th century—the Retable d'Issenheim (1512–16), by Matthias Grünewald. It is expected to return to its usual home in the spring of 2015.
Pl. des Dominicains, Colmar, 68000, France