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Roger van der Weyden and the Court of Burgundy

F.M. Godfrey describes the life of an important late medieval painter of royal subjects.

The story of art can boast of three or four eminent names in the portraiture of princes and their peers: Holbein, Titian, Velazquez. To these I would add Roger van der Weyden, the hagiographer of the Burgundian nobility. Roger’s name is a household word in the history of devotional painting. He gave to the Passion-story of Christ a new poignancy, an authoritative Neo-Franciscan asceticism. As portraicteur to the Dukes of Burgundy he became the creator of the psychological portrait.

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