February 23, 2024 9:36 pm

MASTERPIECES OF ART IN THE CENTURIES / BERLIN0 & ANTWERP – Jean Fouquet: the Melun Diptych

fouquet.1.1The “Melun Diptych” is a painting on wood, probably made around 1450 for an altar of the cathedral of Melun, attributed to Jean Fouquet http://meetingbenches.com/2015/08/jean-fouquet-14201481-french-painter-the-master-of-panel-painting-and-manuscript-illumination/ The origin of royal impulse, it was a desire to Charles VII, to perpetuate the memory of Agnes Sorel, his mistress. The diptych – from whom is also the small portrait of the artist, preserved at the Louvre Museum in Paris – admirably reconciles the Flemish and Italian influences, realizing a plasticity that will affect long-French art. http://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/en/ The left compartment of the diptych (the one with Etienne Chevalier presented by St. Stephen), is what you can admire in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie, while the right magazine (the one with the Madonna and Child Enthroned milk) waiting for you at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. Perhaps you, too, noting that Virgin, will be tempted to imagine the portrait of Agnes Sorel. http://www.kmska.be/en/

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