Reference images of Charles the Bold / Karel de Stoute

In order to paint the portraits, I have looked at numerous pictures and miniatures. Below is a collection of some of my favourites. Note that this is a work  in progress. For the background information, see General information and VI. The Sword in the Stone.

This is a work in progress.

a) Watch him grow up in the drawings and the miniatures:

From the British Library

b) Other images

One of the couple lifetime portrait paintings (and even that is a copy), painted by Rogier van der Weyden

Copy of a portrait that was painted when Charles returned to Dijon with the bodies of parents. The paintings are about 14 years apart. He is looking very rough in the last one.
The reliquary of Liege

c) Other pictures

Crypto portraits, ie. pictures some people believe to be hidden portraits of CtB

The right wise man from the Columba altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden:

Or maybe it is the one next to him?

From a triptych depicting the adoration of the Magi, located at Bruges:

And a similar one at the Prado:

John the apostle from the Last Judgement painting by Memling. The resemblance is striking but the apostle’s eyes are brown and brown was not one of the colours mentioned by sources.

And more portraits, mostly fiction or based on the couple contemporary portraits:

From a history book

Found on the internet:

Receuil d’Arras
The one with the red crown
From a youth novel
The one hiding behind the pillar, still my favourite of all


From the Nanceidos (1518)

This is a work in progress.

For the tomb at Bruges, see separate page (coming soon).


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