21. Tydeman Maes, Angels

The years 1420-1430s. It is not only the art of painting that reaches vast heights in the Low Countries. Noticeable in the city-view of major cities are the many sculptural works: on the façades of secular and religious buildings, on fountains, in portals and on capitals in cloisters and churches...You also see sculptures of Mary everywhere. Look at these two angels in walnut from the period and from Bruges. They each carry an instrument with which Jesus is tortured: the martyr's pole and the cross. Presumably Christ once stood between them: look how the angels are pulling away a curtain to reveal him. You know the angels on the Ghent Altarpiece? These two recall them very strongly. Tydeman Maes is the artist, a woodcutter from Bruges, who also worked in the Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Just like Van Eyck. And on the City Hall in Bruges. Just like Van Eyck. We see frequently that painted personages by Jan van Eyck also inspire sculptors. Notice in addition to this the typical gestures, echoes of positions, stylistic characteristics...

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Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

On February 1st 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent opened the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition in history: 'Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution'. Half of his oeuvre travelled to Ghent, where it was brought together with work from Van Eyck's studio, copies of paintings that have since disappeared and more than 100 masterpieces from the late Middle Ages. Due to the precautions taken against the further spread of COVID-19, the internationally acclaimed exhibition is unfortunately currently closed. Therefore, we would like to make the audio guide belonging to the exhibition available online. In this way the listener can still get a little closer to the work of the master. Have fun listening!

 

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