Room 56

The Netherlands 1400-1450

Painters in the Low Countries during the early 15th century, most famously Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, achieved a technical mastery of oil paint which made them celebrated throughout Europe.

In their large altarpieces, as well as in the small devotional paintings and portraits exhibited here, they suggested realities by their ability to paint the effects of light on surfaces both natural, like the human face, and artificial, as in fabrics and furniture. These achievements are particularly evident in their small paintings of indoor scenes in which objects and figures are lit from varying light sources.

Van Eyck, and later Petrus Christus, worked in Bruges, where they found clients among the large population of Italian merchants. Robert Campin was based in Tournai, while van der Weyden, trained by Campin, achieved success in Brussels, where he was painter to the Burgundian court.

Paintings in this room

A Man
A Man
Robert Campin
A Woman
A Woman
Robert Campin
Portrait of a Franciscan (?)
Portrait of a Franciscan (?)
Workshop of Robert Campin
The Virgin and Child in an Interior
The Virgin and Child in an Interior
Workshop of Robert Campin (Jacques Daret?)
Edward Grimston
Edward Grimston
Petrus Christus
A Young Man holding a Ring
A Young Man holding a Ring
Follower of Jan van Eyck
The Magdalen Reading
The Magdalen Reading
Rogier van der Weyden
The Exhumation of Saint Hubert
The Exhumation of Saint Hubert
Rogier van der Weyden and workshop
Pietà
Pietà
Probably by the workshop of Rogier van der Weyden
A Man Reading (Saint Ivo?)
A Man Reading (Saint Ivo?)
Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady
Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden
 
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