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.