Room 63

15th-century Netherlandish painting

Painters in the Low Countries in the early 15th century such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden achieved a technical mastery of the medium of oil paint which they deployed with extraordinarily skill. It made them – and their successors – famous throughout Europe.

In large altarpieces as well as the small devotional paintings and portraits exhibited here these painters suggested realities by their ability to paint the effects of light both indoors and outside.

Jan van Eyck worked in Bruges, with its large population of Italian merchants, from whom he drew some of his clientele; Petrus Christus also worked in Bruges. Robert Campin was based in Tournai, while Rogier van der Weyden worked in Brussels, and was painter to the Burgundian court there. Dirk Bouts in Leuven (Louvain), Hans Memling in Bruges and Hieronymus Bosch in ‘s-Hertogenbosch were highly accomplished painters with an international clientele.

Paintings in this room

Dirk Bouts: 'The Entombment'
The Entombment
Dirk Bouts
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
On loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) © Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp‐Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens
Saint Barbara
Jan van Eyck
Geertgen tot Sint Jans: 'The Nativity at Night'
The Nativity at Night
Geertgen tot Sint Jans
Master of the View of St Gudula: 'Portrait of a Young Man'
Portrait of a Young Man
Master of the View of St Gudula
Hans Memling: 'Saint Lawrence'
Saint Lawrence
Hans Memling
Hans Memling: 'Virgin and Child'
Virgin and Child
Hans Memling
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
Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden: 'A Man Reading (Saint Ivo?)'
A Man Reading (Saint Ivo?)
Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden