Matthias Grunewald: The Sanctity of Suffering Video. His birth date is uncertain. His name entered the annals of art history misspelled. And his greatest work, the Isenheim Altarpiece, was for centuries attributed to Albrecht Durer. Who exactly was Matthias Grunewald, admired today as one of the geniuses of the Northern Renaissance? This program profiles Grunewald and his intensely expressive approach to subject matter as demonstrated by that altarpiece, designed for use in a hospital for patients being treated for St. Anthony's fire. (34 minutes.) Art History, Art and Photography 2002.