Rogier Van Der Weyden Paintings: The Descent From the Cross, Portrait of a Woman

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Descent from the Cross (or Deposition of Christ, or Descent of Christ from the Cross) is a panel painting by the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden created c. 1435-38, of the Deposition of Christ now in the Prado, Madrid. The work shows the crucified Christ being lowered from the cross, his lifeless body ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Descent from the Cross (or Deposition of Christ, or Descent of Christ from the Cross) is a panel painting by the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden created c. 1435-38, of the Deposition of Christ now in the Prado, Madrid. The work shows the crucified Christ being lowered from the cross, his lifeless body held by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. The painting was commissioned by the Greater Guild of Crossbowmen of Leuven in today's Belgium - and was originally installed in the Chapel of Our Lady Without the Walls. The tiny crossbows in the side spandrels of the picture reflect the original patronage. The art historians Dirk De Vos and Lorne Campbell both give an approximate date of 1435 for the painting. De Vos argues that the earliest known copy of Van der Weyden's Deposition, the Edeleheere triptych in Louvain, may have been completed by 1435, certainly before 1443. Therefore Van der Weyden's painting must pre-date it. The painting was exchanged around 1548 for a copy by Michael Coxcie and an organ. The new owner was Mary of Austria, sister of Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, for whom she governed the Habsburg Netherlands. The painting was initially installed in Mary's castle at Binche, where it was seen by a Spanish courtier, Vicente Alvárez, who in 1551 wrote this description: It was the best picture in the whole castle and even, I believe, in the whole world, for I have seen in these parts many good paintings but none that equalled this in truth to nature or devoutness. All those who have seen it were of the same opinion. Alvárez had accompanied the future king of Spain, Philip II. Philip transported the painting to Spain, where it was installed in his hunting lodge, El Pardo. On April 15, 1574, the painting was re... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=22575024

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  • ISBN-13: 9781158309177
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/20/2010
  • Pages: 26
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.06 (d)

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