Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Visitation with donor

Visitation with donor
Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464
oil on panel (87 × 36 cm) — c. 1440
Luke 1:40 - And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
These panels are the wings of Van der Weyden's Annunciation triptych. The centre panel is in the Louvre.

The triptych was made in Van der Weyden's workshop but probably not by himself.

The right panel shows the Visitation: Mary's visit to Elisabeth. The women greet each other by touching the other's belly.

The left panel shows the donor, the man who commissioned the triptych. This is however not the original portrait, which has been replaced by the unknown man in the current panel. The donor was probably Domenico de Villa, a moneylender who worked in Vilvoorde and Brussels.
>>>> Donor portrait

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