Oct 9, 2011

Heard the Word! Fiammingo


Related to a group of Flemish (Fiammingo) painters settled in Italy.

Here are some examples:

Jan van Eyck


Madonna Lactans (Lucca Madonna)

St├Ądelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Rogier van der Weyden


Entombment of Christ

Uffizi, Florence

The Medici inventory of 1492 records this painting hanging in the Medici villa in Careggi, which was built by Cosimo de'Medici. The figure of Nicodemus, dressed in expensive clothing and gazing out towards the spectator, has been identified as a portrait of Cosimo.

Cosimo also owned Rogier's small panel of the Virgin with the Child and Four Saints, painted in 1450, the year Rogier visited Italy, though there is no direct evidence that Rogier ever visited Florence.

The work follows the Entombment of Christ from the predella of Fra Angelico's San Marco Altarpiece, painted around 1440. Fra Angelico's influence is evident in the display of the dead man, shown almost standing, with Mary and John holding his arms one on each side, and more particularly in the hill with the tomb in the rock, unusual in Flemish art.

The San Marco altarpiece was itself an important piece of Medici patronage.

The Grand Canal looking west with the Scalzi and San Simeon Piccolo



Sharon Teal-Coray

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