Maybe I’m repeating myself, but I consider the blog part of this site as some kind of online research notebook.

As an introductory thing to the podcasts about the Burgundians, I listened to an interview with Bart Van Loo. His research took four years. Mine so far only two years and I haven’t made it to Dijon and Autun yet, plus I’m only concentrating on 1433-1477. Maybe I’m overdoing it. BVL made some odd statements in the interview, though. For instance, he says nobody knows Sluter anymore. Definitely was a big part of my art history class (but that was still in the Middle Ages so he was still trending). I probably can’t listen to the podcasts when I’m painting. BVL is a fast and slightly chaotic talker.

In the book about Hugo, I came across a pretty miniature of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York that I didn’t know yet. I can’t find it online, so I’ll have to copy it by hand, can’t just copy it from a modern book and also, it is quite small. That’s for later.

[Short interlude. Our cat was fighting with another cat in the garden and there was much mayhem and screeching so I had to go and intervene. I hope he hasn’t caught Covid, the idiot.]

There is a copy of a painting by Hugo van der Goes in the book that I gave the mirror treatment. The mirror treatment is a thing I started to apply a couple years ago when I was trying to find out more about a crucifixion painting that is not dated or signed. (Resulted in another extremely interesting story of many coincidences but it has nothing to with the B, keeping it for a rainy day.). The portrait is of St Luke, the patron saint of artists. It is currently in the museum of ancient art in Lissabon. It is not clear who painted it.

According to the WWW this is a possible portrait of Hugo:

Let’s crop and mirror Luke:

There is an etching by Antoon Wierix after a painting of Hugo van der Goes in the book that depicts St Luke drawing the virgin, a popular theme. Ironically there is also a mirrored image of that etching in the book, and the author claims that it is uncommon to have the virgin on the left. But there is a painting by Rogier van der Weyden with the same configuration.

I don’t know who or what to believe anymore.