21 November 2008 to 1 March 2009
The Master of Flémalle (frequently identified with the artist Robert Campin, active in Tournai) and Rogier van der Weyden (who demonstrably worked in Campin’s workshop from 1427 to 1432) are – besides the van Eyck brothers – of crucial importance for the birth and the beginnings of Early Netherlandish painting. They stand for the discovery of the visible world which they were able to represent in hitherto unknown realistic detail thanks to the sophisticated new technique of oil painting.
Though the Master of Flémalle and Rogier van der Weyden number among the most important and innovative fifteenth-century European artists and their opulently detailed narrative paintings belong to the most beautiful and popular works of art from the turn of the late Middle Ages to the early modern age, there has been no monographic exhibition focusing on these two painters and their work to date – irrespective of the fact that the differentiation between the two oeuvres is still controversial. Four monumental monographic books, arriving at partly radically divergent conclusions concerning this issue, have been dedicated to the two artists only in recent years. Under these circumstances, the exhibition organised by the Städel Museum together with the Gemäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin offered a splendid opportunity to arrive at persuasive answers based on direct comparison in this contentious matter.
CURATOR: Prof. Dr. Jochen Sander, Städel Museum
FURTHER VENUE: Gemäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, 3/20 - 6/21/2009
PATRONAGE: Seine Majestät Albert II., König der Belgier, und Bundespräsident Horst Köhler
SPONSORED BY: Deutsche Bank AG