A rare late fifteenth century portable altarpiece
The painted panels by a Follower of Dieric (Dirk) Bouts. c.1415-1475.
The scenes depicted; Left wing(outer) The Temple
Right wing (outer) St.Martha.
Left wing (inner) The Road to Calvary.
Right wing (inner) The Resurrection.
The central polychrome carved wood group depicts The Lamentation within a frame of Gothic tracery.
The paintings are by an artist of The Flemish Primitive School.This group of artists was active in the 15th and 16th centuries and worked notably in the cities of Bruges,Ghent, and Brussels, in what is now modern-day Belgium.The principal artists were,Jan Van Eyck,Robert Campin,Rogier Van Der Weyden,Dieric Bouts and Hans Memling.Their counterparts,working in Italy,were the artists of The Renaissance.
While the subject matter of The Flemish Primitives was,for the most part,religious,other themes included portraits and mythological scenes.Typically, the works convey a deep sense of emotion and spiritual feeling in the faces of the subjects.Furthermore, a feature of many of these works is a naturalistic landscape setting, that displays a sophisticated understanding of aerial perspective,as shown here.
The medium used is normally oil on wood.The works being on a single panel or multiple panels-Triptychs,diptychs or polyptychs.
The scale of this piece would suggests it was originally commissioned for use in a private chapel or perhaps on a side altar.
Overall size,with wings extended
52 ¼ x 39 ½ x 8 ¼ inches
133 x 100 x 21 cm.
Size of painted panels:
34 ½ x 9 ½ inches
88 x 24 cm.
The central carved wood sculpture:
33 x 23 ¾ inches
84 x 60.5 cm.