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The National Gallery in Prague collection of 15th and 16th century German painting includes, besides works from most major art centres, also works from the Lower Rhineland region (whose major centre was Cologne), Bartholomaeus Bruyn's 'Ascension of Christ' being one of the core works of this group. The article examines formal aspects of the work and its connection to the contemporary scene and tries to answer questions about the function this painting served and its relationship to Bruyn's other early paintings.
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