This is not yet about the Virgin painting, this is some sort of interlude.
Here is a painting I posted before: a copy of Hugo van der Goes’ lost Lamentation painting. This copy is in the MSK of Gent. We went there on a field trip in January of 2019, about six months after I started researching Charles the Bold specifically, so I was not yet where I am now and just thought it was an odd painting, compostitionwise.
While I was looking for more information about the Medici Virgin, I stumbled upon an article by an art historian named A. Soudavar. He writes about yet another copy of the Lamentation that was sold by a known auction house. I have not been able to go through the whole text but to cut a long story short, the second man from the left is/can be Charles the Bold.
The lamentation has been copied very often, most of the time quite badly, imho. Here are a couple of the better versions:
One in the Rijksmuseum:
A fragment kept at Oxford:
This is a detail of one of the copies that was sold:
He was identified based on the creases between his eyebrows (this is something that indeed appears on all portraits of Charles the Bold and his protruding bottom lip (also something that was one of his well-known characteristics). He is supposed to depict the apostle John here. I hope I can find additional information in the book I’m picking up on Tuesday.
While I’m still waiting to go pick up the books about Memling, Hugo van der Goes and Rogier van der Weyden, I have been going over Bouts again. I need to look at all the paintings again.
Like Otto. I managed to misframe it, but whatever…
I also have a number of books with Burgundian miniatures to look at. One of them is due in three week, depending on future Covid regulations.
But first I want to wrap up the Virgin.
Covid is driving me insane.
To be continued.