Tag: Burgundy

New paths

A couple weeks before the lockdown I borrowed a book from the local library called ‘Meesterwerk van van Eyck tot Rubens in detail’. I borrowed it because it has very good quality images of details of the Seven Sacraments. I wanted to study them because I’m copying a couple paintings by Rogier van der Weyden and his atelier and this book has better details than you can see in real life or online (though for the Mystic Lamb there is an even better website).

Anyway, it turned out that I mostly spent time looking at the detais of Hugo van der Goes’s Adoration of the Magi. I was quite intrigued by the two boys especially because they are not the usual medieval “stock image” (though all Hugo’s figures look particularly lifelike). There is an interesting development but it is late already and it is too long a story for this post. I’ll save it for one of the coming days. I had to turn the book back in and because of the lockdown I cannot just walk into the library and take it home again. Maybe I’ll try to borrow it via their covid-free pickup moments.

Two other things I have been looking into extensively the past couple weeks are the history of Jacques de Glimes and the colour symbolology of Charles the Bold’s vestments. I have already talked about this but I want to do it in a more systematic way. Alexander the Great, the Bold’s example, is also a possibility for a new post.

The sword in the stone: Le Tour de Bourgogne

The lord of the castle is sliding down French mountains on two small planks, but I’m still home, alone with the cat. At 6 am the little bastard decided it was time to get up. Needless to say I am a little tired now.

Theoretically I have no fixed obligations next week so yesterday I prepared a short physical tour of Burgundy ad 1465-1477. A lot of key places are maximum a couple hours by car, train or bike away, except Dijon, Nancy and Monthléry. I thought I’d be bored out of my wits by the B now but I have been researching local history and came across the most colourful characters and interesting anecdotes, so the quest is still on.

I already visited one place a few days ago and posted something on IG, may do a more extended version here.

For today, I had selected the scene of a Burgundian battlefield not too far away and spent some time testing which of our bikes fit into my tiny car. The battlefield is not reachable by car and the weather is not good enough to cycle the whole distance.

The area near the battlefield is also the birthplace of Egidius and the rest of his line so it is a double whopper. I was going to leave now but the wind is howling and the rain is pouring down. That usually doesn’t stop me, but the circumstances are not good enough for taking pictures. Monday’s forecast doesn’t look good either, alas. Also I broke a piece of a tooth yesterday, the sort of thing that obviously only happens on Saturday nights. This means my other plans are now dependent on the availability of my dentist.

It looks like it will be a painting day then.

Site update: Pictures of the Seven Sacraments

I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.

The page can be found here:

V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden

Forward to the past

Hospices de Beaune – Picture from the family archives, AD many, many years ago. They were founded by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philip the Good.  The hospices, not our archives, lol.

As you can see I have done a rollback of the site, up till July. I am trying to keep this site as clean as possible and it was getting very cluttered . I have gathered so much information now that I am going to reorganise it in a more structured way as pages,  under Documents & Background, including the relevant pictures. It will be password protected (password available upon request).

As for the art, we’ll see how and where it goes.




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