Sunday, December 2, 2012

Weyden, Rogier van der

Virgin and child (Portrait Diptych of Laurent Froimont - left wing)
Oil on oak panel
51.5 x 33.5 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen, France

Weyden, Rogier van der (c.1399 - 1464) was the leading Netherlandish painter of the mid-15th century. He was extremely inventive iconographically and compositionally, and was a master of depicting human emotion. He seems to have had a large workshop with numerous assistants and pupils, and many of his compositions are known in several versions.

Although his life was generally uneventful, he was highly successful and internationally famous in his lifetime. His influence was strong and widespread. In his own lifetime his paintings were sent all over Europe, and his emotional and dramatic style found more followers than the quiet perfection of van Eyck. In spite of his contemporary celebrity, his reputation later faded.