Tag: Paintings

A coronation

I’m almost through with cleaning and sorting out the files on one computer, but I have another one left to do next week. While I was doing this I came across pictures (not my own, but from the family archives) of paintings in the Viennese Gemaldegalerie.

One of those paintings seems interesting enough to have a closer look at. On the information notice of the museum it is listed as the Coronation of the Virgin by Dieric Bouts, dated around 1450. The pictures are not very good, but even the quality of the one below I found on the museum’s website is not very good:

What first caught my attention was the face and posture of the third angel from the left.

Something with the angels on the right side seems a little off. I want to do some comparisons with other Bouts paintings.

The third person of interest to me is the bearded man on the right.

It’s tempera, not oil, by the way.

I didn’t know this painting (or maybe I have seen it but don’t remember, last time I was in Vienna I was 2 :/). I can not find a lot of information about it online right now, but it’s late and I don’t want to go search for my Bouts book. I’ll see how far I get tomorrow.

Knockdown diary

I haven’t posted anything in ages, nothing about Charles the Bold, and nothing about anything else. Here is a short summary.

Corona is still active. In fact we’re at the start of a second wave, even before the first one ended. No Future is more accurate now than it was in the seventies, if you ask me. The year keeps getting weirder and weirder.

Still house/castle hunting. It got even more adventurous than it was already, but we’re still in the process of preparing our second offer so I won’t write about it today.

We caught a mouse in our kitchen. The cat brought the mouse in, but it escaped and hid behind the cabinets. We set a trap and managed to capture it the second night. The picture I took always makes me laugh:

We didn’t have our end of year exhibition but instead the academy had banners printed with some of our paintings. Came across one of them in the centre of town, kind of funny to see Rogier overlooking the car park (posted a picture on Instagram if you’re curious).

I started well with fruits and such but four months down the covid line, my eating habits have become atrocious.

Brought the half finished Gossaert home from the academy at the start of the summer break. Not sure if I’ll finish this one or start all over again.

Painted a study of Campin. Here is the halfway version, which I like better than the finished sketch:

Painted a few sketches based on old film stills from the family archives:

Painting something based on an old manuscript by Jan van Boendale about the dukes of Brabant. Current state:

Painted another one brush study/sketch, this time of Thomas More. It is not meant to be finished or a perfect copy, it’s just experimenting.

That’s all, folks…

Another Epiphany

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.

Feeling doomed, might delete later…

The portrait of Laurent Froiment, by Rogier van der Weyden. The picture is grainy because it was a dark and stormy day when I took this picture, and these portraits are already quite dark to start with. You can just about see Otto’s head in the background (see earlier post).

Have been reading about movements and connections between the Primitives this morning. Hugo stayed in the Roo(d)klooster, who were Augustinians. The family library contained a number of books about the Augustinian order and its history, might be something interesting in them, but they’re in storage and I’m not able to get to them right now. That will have to wait until after lockdown. In 2068 or something.

I have also been reading a bit more about the upper left panel of the last supper by Dieric Bouts and who’s in it:

Even with the limited subject I’m researching and the amount of knowledge I already absorbed and paintings I’ve seen since my childhood, I realised I still know next to nothing about it all. But what’s the point of all this research? What’s the future going to be like? Building up immunity after infection is unlikely, vaccines are unlikely.

Guess we’re all doomed.

This is how going out to buy bread feels like.

Anyway, got to go paint now.

Item #8 (ctd): Identity theft

Today I was going to do a post about the above painting because there is something odd with it but during research one thing led to another. I seem to have opened another dark corridor in the labyrinth of the quest and there is so much information to go through that I won’t finish it today. Just as in my personal life right now I came across some cases of identity theft and multiple personalities.

In any case, a couple familiar names and places popped up again: Charles the Bold, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, and the chapter of the Golden Fleece at Valenciennes. To cut a long story short, I have reserved a number of books about Hugo, Hans and Rogier at the local library. They only have a couple weekly pickup moments due to Covid regulations so I’ll be able to get them on Tuesday. In the meantime this post is put on hold.


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