ROGER VAN DER WEYDEN (copy after)

Portrait of Philip the Good
One leaf, tempera on parchment
France (?), late eighteenth or nineteenth century

HANDSOME NEO-GOTHIC COPY OF ROGER VAN DER WEYDEN'S LOST PORTRAIT OF DUKE PHILIP THE GOOD

This is a reasonably faithful copy in reverse of one of the most iconic Northern Renaissance portraits:  Roger van der Weyden’s image of Duke Philip the Good depicted as the sovereign chief of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Roger’s image, and the copies of it, rely not so much on physiognomic likeness but on symbols of identity (the necklace), power (the signet ring), and devotion (the manuscript) to represent the duke. Finely executed with tempera on parchment, our copy must date to the late eighteenth or nineteenth century, based on scientific analysis of the pigments

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