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Dubbelganger

Wat ik zo boeiend vind aan portretten door de Vlaamse Primitieven of andere schilders rond die tijd is dat je vaak hoofden ziet die je aan iemand uit de huidige tijd doen denken, zeker als je ouderwetse kledij en kapsels wegdenkt. Er is in feite zelfs een portret van Holbein dat bijna identiek is aan een familielid. Maar dat ga ik nu niet tonen.

Als je de Nefertitihoed weghaalt lijkt dit meisje wel een beetje op mijn nichtje.

Detail van Presentatie in de tempel door de meester van het Prado

Als je de kleren van Jan de Leeuw updatet zou je geen twee keer kijken, mocht je hem op straat kruisen.

Jan de Leeuw door Jan van Eyck

Ik kan er niet aan doen maar dit portret door Hugo van der Goes doet me altijd aan Kristof Calvo denken.

Kanunnik van der Paele doet me altijd aan Maurice Lippens denken, ha ha.

Detail van de Madonna met kanunnik van der Paele door Jan van Eyck

Trek Memling’s Maarten een zwart band-T-shirt aan en hij kan zo naar Graspop. Misschien moet hij zich zelfs niet omkleden. Hij lijkt ook enorm op een kennis.

En buiten haar hoofdtooi ziet deze dame er ook niet erg exotisch uit:

Portret van een dame door Rogier van der Weyden

Buiten de pij weinig werk aan:

Karthuizer door Petrus Christus

Legally this is Burgundy


Jousts & Jigsaw puzzles

You’d think that with Corona everything would be more relaxed, but I have the constant feeling that I’m running out of time.

This weekend I did more research on the jousting bishop. With the libraries closed, the borders closed and not much information available online, I’m only stuck with one question: did he participate in the Valenciennes tournament or not? The rest of the information I have found about him, seems to add up, and the sources seem reliable. I’m writing up a document with all my findings up till now, which I will post on the relevant page. I do need to adjust some of the pages and questions.

I came across an interesting fait divers regarding the jouster’s grandfather in a rather obscure book about mysteries, one of those silly books you find in the esoteric section of bookstores, and the thrift store. At first it seemed not so important but after some investigation it’s another interesting item to research. This will be on another page, but that’s not for the coming days.

So that’s a whole post to say I have nothing to say for the moment.

To be continued.


Si je puis…

Yesterday I researched a story about Charles the Bold that sounded interesting enough to base a painting on. So I followed the lead and ended up in another maze of dead ends. Once I get to the bottom of this, I’ll have another story for you. Here is something else instead for today.

A while ago I drew a sketch after an illustration by Job for the Loys XI book. The book has really beautiful illustrations in the early 1900’s French style. I don’t onw a copy but there is one online, on the BnF site, I think.

Today I thought I’d get the drawing tablet out and finish it digitally, because I thought that would be easier. Plan is to use it in a short animation film I’m preparing. I don’t know why I thought going digital was a good idea because this small bit took most of the day and it’s still a mess. I’m not even going to mention the cross-eyed face. And my hands shake too much for crisp lines (some weird hereditary feat, not my drinking habit, lol). I went to YouTube to watch some instruction videos about painting with tablets, but the thousands of buttons and options you seem to need, made my brain freeze so I gave up.

Tomorrow I go back to normal oils so I can finish Brexit. At least, I will try.

Stay safe (and wash your hands).


Art in quarantine

This is probably the last one about the Goes book. I finished it yesterday, though I admit I skipped some parts that were of less interest to me. I did have a closer look at the Bonkin piece, which is in a museum in Edinburgh. It looks odd, like it was done by somebody else in places. The book contains pictures with enlarged details of the painting and the kneeling priest and the faces of St Andreas and St George are quite good, though. So, mystery. Also, what was the link between Hugo and Scotland? Portinari was in Bruges, sucking up to Charles and ruining his bank by doing this (yeah, incompetent bank managers and bad credit, a rare thing) This one also made me think of the Medici Virgin, supposedly by Rogier, with its long thin, rather stiff characters.

Talking about Portinari. His face looks odd in the Portinari triptych. It looks like some of the faces on the Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden. I learned a while ago that that was because they were painted on foil and added later on. Did this happen with the Portinari one too? Or was the painting damaged? Forgot to check this but it’s not vital for reconstructing the life of the tournament dude and I have other things to do first.

I lay awake for a while thinking about a new painting, could link it to an art school assignment perhaps. I want to base it on the almost last words by Charles the Bold but I ran into a hurdle. There is another post in this, so that’s for later. I am beginning to sound like the news with all their cliffhangers.

I banned the Parsifal painting to the attic. I don’t know what to do with it. Sometimes it is better to leave things alone for a while.


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