From Van Eyck to Dürer

We are back from an impressive week in Nykøbing and Liebegg is only a few days ahead. There are a thousand things to talk about regarding our Danish adventure. It has been exhausting and it has been wonderful. But we need a bit more time to sort out or thoughts and bring it into the right form to tell you about it. Meanwhile, let me tell you about an upcoming event Geoffrey Stas mentioned to me: An exposition in the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium, that covers the period between Van Eyck and Dürer.

Memling's "The Last Judgement" - One of the painting possibly on show in Bruges (Image from Wikimedia Commons).

Bruges is of course the place to go when you are interested in the Flemish masters. But with this exposition, they cover the artistic development North of the Alps up to the early 16th century where Albrecht Dürer's art is of capital importance. Here is what they have to say about their exposition:

In the fifteenth century the Flemish Primitives triggered an artistic revolution in Central Europe. Talented painters like Jan van Eyck with his brilliant eye for detail, introduced new painting styles and techniques. Their influence spread rapidly and inspired scores of artists, including the painter, draughtsman and etcher Albrecht Dürer.

Van Eyck and Dürer are two great masters from the period 1420-1530. A pioneering exhibition brings together first-rate works by them and some of their contemporaries, drawn from notable European and American collections. Paintings and other art forms will illustrate the interaction between the Flemish Primitives and art in Central Europe. The exhibition looks set to be one of the cultural experiences of 2010.

With masterpieces by Bouts, Campin, Dürer, Lochner, Memling, Schongauer, Van der Goes, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck, ...

The exposition opens on 29th October 2010 and lasts until 30 January 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Polish Embassy in Belgium. This gives me the feeling, that Hans Memling's painting "The Last Judgement" could make the trip from Gdansk to Belgium. I do not know if this masterpiece ever travelled to its fatherland. The painting was comissioned by Tommaso Portinari and he sure did not plan to send it to Poland. But then there were these pirates ... See here for the full story.

By Christian Folini, Veteran Company member.

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