Tag: Karel de Stoute

The plot thickens

View from a room in the castle of Chenonceau

At the moment I’m organising all the information I’ve gathered regarding the quest and writing it down in some sort of report. It is/will be posted under III in the menu. I’ve already drawn up a list of quest objectives and will be adding and updating the information when there is time.

All the while there was one thing that was still bugging me, ie. how some small scribbles on a road sign on the banks of the river Tarn led me to chase a dead duke through medieval Burgundy.

I had already studied the photographs of the two weeks preceding the quest but I hadn’t found anything special. Today I decided to look at them once again and be more thorough.

Soon I found what I was looking for, and more. I managed to link the first day more closely to the quest than I expected.

It’s already late, so the rest will be for the next time.


Codex update

The structure of the menu has somewhat changed. The bibliography, documents and reference images are now stored under The Burgundian Codex. I have deleted a great amount of old artwork. I have left the images of art exhibitions I visisted in place, though I am not planning to add any new ones soon.

Today I added two documents (in Dutch) to the Codex: The first one is a scanned copy of an old script that was stored inside a book about Charles the Bold. This was probably the script of a television program in the – wild guess – 1970ies. The second is an excerpt from some draft of a history book. It’s not written by me and I have not verified it or reformatted it. Maybe I will some day, but not soon. I am currently working on other things.


Eikenbos of de wei in?

Dienstmededeling: Beetje bij beetje ben ik de website wat aan het hertimmeren, vooral de pagina’s uit het menu. Ik zet rechts in de kolom wat ik aangepast heb.

Ondertussen ben ik in dubio – en ik ben niet alleen – of ik mij naar de grote van Eyck-tentoonstelling in Gent ga begeven. Na het bestuderen van de lijst met werken die er te zien zijn volgens de website van de tentoonstelling ben ik nog onbeslister.

Argumenten contra in volgorde van belangrijkheid, de minst belangrijke eerst:

A) Het is nogal duur (tja, het zal allemaal ook wel behoorlijk wat gekost hebben).

B) De laatste megagehypete evenementen waar ik naartoe ben geweest zijn erg tegengevallen. Te druk en te hoog gespannen verwachtingen.

C) Belangrijkst van al: de drie schilderijen die mij het meest interesseren zijn er niet bij als ik op de lijst mag afgaan, namelijk:

1) Het haast legendarische oorspronkelijke gestolen paneel De Rechtvaardige Rechters:

De eerste rechter ziet er op deze versie uit alsof hij denkt: Komaan mannen, wat is dat hier allemaal?

God weet waar dat naartoe is. Er zijn minstens twee kopieën. Michiel Coxcie heeft in de 16e eeuw een kopie geschilderd van het Lam Gods voor Filips II en nadat het gestolen werd in 1934 en spoorloos bleef, heeft Jef Van der Veken nog een kopie geschilderd, aan de hand van Coxcies kopie. Ik toon ze hier maar don’t shoot me als ik me ergens vergis want ze lijken op elkaar in lage resolutie. Misschien is dat zelfs twee keer dezelfde, ha ha ha. De originele kun je herkennen aan de lange klep van de pet van de man in het midden die een stuk van het gezicht van de man naast hem verbergt.

Coxcie
J. Van der Veken

2) Kanselier Rolin en de Madonna

De kanselier hangt in het Louvre

Ik ben tussendoor nog altijd bezig met het onderzoek naar de kanselier en zijn familie, o.a. Jean Rolin, de kardinaal van Autun, een lelijke vent die wel een allerschattigst schoothondje had:

3) Het altaarstuk van Joris van der Paele

Dit hangt in Brugge en heb ik vorig jaar nog gezien
19eeuwse gravure van het schilderij.

Ten eerste is het goed geschilderd en ten tweede zit er in het reliek van Karel de Stoute een referentie naar st. Joris rechts. Het reliek dateert van 1467 en bevindt zich in de tresoor van de kathedraal van Luik. Karel bestelde het als een soort boetedoening voor het geweld tijdens de Bourgondisch-Luikse oorlogen. Ironisch genoeg bevindt het reliek zich in dezelfde kerk waar de Geefs’ Esprit du Mal te zien is, waar de quest mee begonnen is. Dit staat dus ook nog op de to-do-lijst.

Misschien was het niet de bedoeling maar dit blijft toch wel een hoogst angstaanjagend beeldje.


Burgundian wish list

On my current (achievable, so nothing like a prayer book manuscript, a signed and sealed letter or original Golden Fleece documents) Burgundian book/document wish list:

Objectif Ducs – comic that has Burgundians and people riding boars. Not sure if it is available in the local shops. Can’t drive all the way to Dijon the coming few weeks for this :/. Probably have to order it online.
Which reminds me, I’m adding a better background to Charles riding the boar.

This really beautifully illustrated vintage book about my virtual boss and the B’s enemy, Louys XI. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s quite pricey. There is a scanned copy on BnF, however, so you can easily read it online:

Going by the messy hair and the fancy outfit, the man in the gold armour must be Charles. Louis was usually dressed in rags.

And this rather intriguing and slightly hilarious looking book/comic?: Le grand amour de Charles le Téméraire. Not sure if they mean by “amour” fighting or Henry.

Image from livre.com

Three (not so) wise men for the price of one

This is a follow-up post on some of the crypto portraits of Charles the Bold.

To summarize: there are almost no direct portrait paintings of Charles the Bold. Most of them are copies of paintings that were lost or just complete fantasy. For reference purposes I’ll repost the most important ones here.

The best known portrait is the (copy) of the portrait by Rogier van der Weyden, the one I’m more or less copying now.

There is also a copy of a portrait that was painted when Charles the Bold travelled to Dijon to bury his parents. In this one he is rather rough looking.

But there are also some so called contemporary crypto portraits, ie portraits that appear in paintings that may portray someone particular without mentioning their name (and as such are theoretical portraits, I guess).

One of such portraits is John the Apostle in the Last Judgment scene by Memling (discussed this before):

There are also three other supposed crypto-portraits that are somewhat linked together. The three portraits are all portraying one of the three wise men that visited newly born baby Jesus (not to be confused with baby Yoda :/). Two of them are by Memling and his workshop, the third one by Rogier van der Weyden. They’re all similar.

The first one is the Floreins triptych by Memling, located at the St Jans hospital at Bruges (a new trip to Bruges is in order, once the museum is open again).

The king in red on the left may be a portrait of Charles the Bold.

A fairly similar painting is located at the Prado, Madrid.

The third Magi painting I want to show is known as the Columba altarpiece and was painted by Rogier van der Weyden and workshop.

According to the books about Memling I read and other sources, the oldest king kissing the child may be a portrait of Philip the Good and the youngest king, the one in red on the right, is supposedly a portrait of Charles the Bold. This one:

It was even used as his portrait for a biography by Henri Dubois:

Now the odd thing is that the middle king looks a lot more like the Memling kings.

Not sure what is going on here.

There is more to this. According to a couple articles I read, it should be possible to detect certain physical deformities in the portraits. Charles the Bold and Philip the Good (who also had a very long nose apparently) were known to have a protruding, big lower lip. It can definitely be seen in the first two portraits. In the other ones it is not so clear except the youngest king. (result of inbreeding?)

There is also something wrong with the B’s ears, according to said articles, but so far I can’t tell what from the portaits. I’ll have to see if I can find more sources for that.

As for his eyes, I still don’t know what colour they were. I do know that his daughter Mary apparently had grey-brown eyes.

And now I’m off to check an interesting theory about his second wife.


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