List of illustrations

  • Wilton Diptych
  • Wilton Diptych, reverse
  • Crucifixion with Count Georg von Löwenstein
  • Christ as Man of Sorrows
  • Count Georg von Löwenstein
  • Drawing after a lost portrait of John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy
  • Guillaume Jouvenel des Ursins
  • The Jouvenel des Ursins Family
  • Guarin de Beste
  • Laureins Wouters
  • The Patron at Prayer before the Virgin and Child
  • Portrait of Marie Haneton, First Wife of Lambert du Briaerd
  • Portrait of Marie Haneton, reverse
  • Breviary of Catherine of Valois
  • First dedication page from the Brussels Hours of Jean de Berry
  • Philip the Good at Mass, detail, from Traité sur l'Oraison Dominicale
  • Reliquary with Man of Sorrows
  • Das Goldene Rössl
  • Saint George and the Dragon and Virgin and Child With Saints
  • Virgin and Child and Joanna of Castile in Prayer
  • Angel Gabriel and Virgin Annunciate
  • Virgin and Child and Christ Blessing
  • Annunciation, outer panels of triptych
  • The Annunciation
  • Annunciation, outer panels of the Ghent Altarpiece
  • Composite of Van Eyck figures: (a) singer from the Ghent Altarpiece; (b) Gabriel from the Thyssen Annunciation; and (c) Gabriel from the Ghent Altarpiece
  • Virgin and Child and Jean de Gros
  • Map of Bruges with the De Gros house at the lower left
  • Floor plan of the Church of Our Lady, Bruges. The chapel of the Van Nieuwenhove family is indicated at the right.
  • Virgin and Child
  • Maarten van Nieuwenhove
  • Devotional triptych
  • Annunciation Triptych (Merode Triptych)
  • The Angel Gabriel and The Virgin Annunciate
  • Virgin and Child and Margaret of Austria
  • Diptych of Bernardijn Salviati, reconstruction of the reverse
  • Plan of the Church of Saint Donatian, Bruges, after Gailliard 1861, with the locations of the altar of Saint John the Baptist ("X" in the detail) and the chapel of Saint John the Evangelist (the Rapondi chapel, no. 28).
  • Alteration of the endowment of Bernardijn Salviati in the "planarius" of the Church of Saint Donation.
  • A Miracle of Our Lady, in Jean Mielot, Miracles Nostre Dame
  • Diptych of Bernardijn Salviati, opened at angle, reconstruction
  • Diptych of the Van de Velde Family, opened at angle, reconstruction
  • Plan of the Church of Sainte-Savine, Troyes, from Lefèvre-Pontalis 1903.
  • Altar in a chapel of the southern aisle of the Church of Sainte-Savine, Troyes
  • Diptych Altarpiece of the Passion
  • Priest celebrating Mass in front of Adriaan Isenbrant's "Diptych of the Van de Velde Family", reconstruction
  • A diptych with (a) dissimilar decoration on the reverses; (b) correctly positioned; and (c, d) ready for opening. "Christ carrying the Cross" (reverse, imitation porphyry) and "Portrait of a Fifty-four-year-old Franciscan" (reverse, skull).
  • Reconstruction of "Saint John the Baptist" (reverse, skull) and reconstruction of "Saint Veronica" (reverse, chalice of Saint John the Evangelist)
  • Reconstruction of a diptych showing (a) the reverse of a wing portraying a niche rendered frontally with lateral lighting. Grasping the wing along (b) the shadowy side of the niche would ensure (c) a correct opening of the diptych. Young Man in Prayer.
  • Examples of the use of perspective employed to represent a single or unified space spread over separate panel scenes
  • Example in which the use of frontal perspective in each panel results in independent spaces organized in a narrative or historical sequence (Miraflores Altarpiece)
  • The Crucifixion and The Last Judgment
  • Pendant portrait of Barthélemyy Alatruye and Marie de Pacey
  • Virgin and Child and Willem van Bibaut
  • The Five Wounds of Christ (reverse of Willem van Bibaut)
  • The Virgin and Child with Female Saints; Jean du Cellier with Saint John the Baptist
  • Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa
  • The Virgin and Child Enthroned
  • Jean Carondelet and Virgin and Child (Carondelet Diptych)
  • The distribution of sapwood rings in eastern Europe
  • Dendrochronological dating of Mater Dolorosa paintings.
  • Hours of Étienne Chevalier
  • Hours of Étienne Chevalier
  • Gold Votive of Statue of Charles the Bold
  • Angel Gabriel and Virgin Annunciate, right panel, detail of reflection
  • Virgin and Child and Maarten van Nieuwenhove, left panel, detail of mirror
  • Madonna in a Church
  • Virgin in the Church
  • Abbot Christiaan de Hondt
  • Virgin in the Church
  • Antonio Siciliano and Saint Anthony
  • Diptych of Bernardijn Salviati
  • Diptych of Bernardijn Salviati
  • Priest celebrating Mass in front of Gerard David's "Diptych of Bernardijn Salviati," reconstruction
  • Antwerp-Baltimore Quadriptych with the Annunciation (reverse: Baptism of Christ), Nativity, Crucifixion, and Resurrection (reverse: Saint Christopher).
  • Heavenly Redemption and Earthly Vanity
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~~INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES to the study of art are at the core of the mission of the Harvard University Art Museums. In its wide range of research and teaching activities, any university museum will draw on a multitude of examination methods and art historical discourses. The exhibition Prayers and Portraits:...
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~~THIS VOLUME OF ESSAYS and the exhibition Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych and its catalogue are the happy culmination of many years of research, travel, and discussion. The idea for the project grew from the study of a number of paintings in the Harvard...
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IN THIS CONTRIBUTION, I intend to survey the main characteristics of diptychs in European panel painting before 1400 and to discuss some functions of portraits of supplicants in various media. My aim is to provide some context for the devotional diptychs in early Netherlandish and...

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WHEN THE OWNER OF A DEVOTIONAL DIPTYCH used it as a stimulus for worship, the accessories and recited prayers employed with it were closely linked to the origins of the...

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PAINTED NETHERLANDISH DIPTYCHS are beautiful and beguiling creations. Yet they were not, in their time, considered to be precious objects. Technical analyses have found little in them by way of intrinsically valuable materials. Only Rogier van der Weyden’s diptych...

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THE EXHIBITION Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych offers viewers an important opportunity to examine a number of paintings reunited in diptych format for the first time in modern history. While the surviving known works are presumed to be only a small sampling of the paintings actually produced, early examples of diptych...

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AMONG THE MANY TYPES of diptychs created during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, the devotional portrait diptych featuring the half-length Virgin and Child coupled with a portrait of a donor in adoration was extraordinarily successful. Created by Rogier van der Weyden, the format catered to the taste of courtiers and functionaries at the...

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THE DIPTYCH THAT HANS MEMLING painted in 1487 for Bruges citizen Maarten van Nieuwenhove is usually categorized as a “private...

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THE DECADES AROUND 1500 WITNESSED the intensified preoccupation of Netherlandish painters with the art of their great predecessors, Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, and Robert Campin.See Erwin Panofsky, Early Netherlandish Painting: Its Origins and Character, 2 vols. (Cambridge, Mass., 1953), 1:350–356; Larry Silver, The Paintings of Quinten Massys with Catalogue Raisonné (Oxford, 1984), 70–86; and Hans J. van Miegroet, Gerard David (Antwerp, 1989), 95–141, for a discussion of the grounds for this phenomenon. Artists made astonishingly exact copies, integrated motifs from older images into new ensembles, and created new compositions in the spirit of the older...

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IN 1474 GUILLAUME DUFAY, the most famous composer of his age, willed a painting representing the Virgin and his confrater Simon le Breton to Cambrai Cathedral, where both he and Simon had been...

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FEW NETHERLANDISH DIPTYCHS dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries have been preserved intact in their original configuration including their frames, and only some of them have been treated in publications. Among the rare examples of diptychs conserved in their original frames, some are small, and it is relatively easy to see that they...

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THE SIMPLICITY OF THE DIPTYCH FORM, with its plain, two-part structure, seems to have destined it—even more than the polyptych or triptych—to become a flexible medium of artistic...

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ART MUSEUM SCHOLARS address certain human-made, tangible objects: artifacts classified as artworks...

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DENDROCHRONOLOGY, or tree-ring dating, is the science of determining the age of wooden objects, or those in which wood has been used, based on measurements of the variation in the width of annual growth rings in the wood. The...

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~The following list corresponds to the objects included in the exhibition catalogue Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with Yale University Press, 2006).
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