Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sadness



The Descent from the Cross c.1435/8 by Rogier van der Weyden, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The sadness and suffering on the faces of the figures in this scene show that van der Weyden was a close observer of people. He achieved great success during his lifetime but in spite of this, very little is known about him personally and attributing work directly to him is problematic.

2 comments:

Marie N. said...

Regarding your Tuesday April 11th post, Decent From The Cross by van der Weyden...

Was the original work an 8-sided polygon, maybe to fit an alter piece? or was it a rectangle that had some damage?

Martha said...

http://museoprado.mcu.es/iweyden.html

Here is a link to more information from the Prado's website.

I have not been able to locate a picture or floorplan of the church it was orginally created for.

Martha

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