1500 – 1600
End of the Renaissance and the Reformation

Gossaert's Saint Luke Painting the Madonna

Jan Gossaert, Saint Luke Painting the Madonna, c. 1515-25 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

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Nicole wrote on Sunday, February 03, 2013

Rogier van der Weyden painted the same subject c. 1435-1440. However, van der Weyden renders a much more earthly scene - as if St. Luke is in the same space as the Virgin and Child. I wonder why Gossaert creates such a division between the earthly and heavenly? Does this have something to do with Protestant teaching or an effort to avoid idolatry (specifically venerating the Virgin)?

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