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

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