This is a follow-up on the previous post. After publishing that one, I stumbled upon a documentary about the Busleyden museum at Mechelen, which was put online a couple days ago in the Stay at Home Museum series.

The presentation is a bit on the clumsy side but it has some images of the painting of the Council I referred to last time. It gives a good idea about its size. Be aware that the painting is end of 16th century, not contemporary. As I mentioned earlier, I hope that the names on it correspond with the actual members. For the three I referred to, I’m certain.

After watching the documentary I got back to the book about Hugo and the end of the chapter about the Nativity painting. This part is about the many paintings and painters that were influenced by Hugo. Only one stood out for me, an – admittedly crude – Nativity triptych by the Master of Frankfurt. It was painted early 16th century and is a mirror (!) image of the one by Hugo. When I checked the information about the painter, it turns out the painter is not from Frankfurt but worked in Antwerp between 1480 and 1520. His selfportrait is included, it is the man on the left behind the wall. There is a suggestion on Wikipedia that he may have been tutored by Hugo van der Goes. Got to dig into some books.

The date of the painting puts it long after both Hugo’s and Jean Hey’s paintings. The king with the red cape, kneeling in front, is probably Frederik III. He is wearing the collar of the Golden Fleece. What’s interesting is that E. Dhanens mentions links between the painting and Mechelen. For instance, Frederik added his eagle to the coat of arms of the city and was present at the 1491 chapter of the Golden Fleece at Mechelen. It is not known for whom the triptych was made but it is theoretically possible, that it was for someone in Mechelen or was located there (suggested by the author).

In any case, is it a coincidence that Mechelen keeps popping up? As such, a thing to check are possible links between Hugo and Jean Hay and Mechelen.

To be continued.