The South Tyrolean painter and woodcarver Michael Pacher (c. 1435–1498) occupies a special place in the history of European art. On the one hand, his large winged altarpieces – like this one from St. Wolfgang am Wolfgangsee (a lake area in Upper Austria) – are considered brilliant achievements of the Late Gothic. On the other hand, Pacher may be regarded as one of the first Renaissance artists of the North. During an early stay in Padua, he became acquainted with the works of Mantegna, Donatello, Uccello and Lippi. He integrated the new concepts of central perspective in painting as his own, like no other artist outside of Italy. The tensions between geographical and stylistic poles constituted the charm of his works, but also raised problems, which the artist met with astonishingly innovative solutions. This volume introduces Michael Pacher's complete works in word and image, and provides a summation of the previous research. Through analyses of his works, an attempt is also made to try to understand what lies behind the intellectual conception of this artist who was on the threshold of modern times.