Rogier Van der Weyden’s St. Luke Drawing the Virgin


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Rogier Van der Weyden’s St. Luke Drawing the Virgin
Rogier Van der Weyden’s St. Luke Drawing the Virgin, 1440, is a superb example of Dutch painting that influenced that nation’s Golden Age of painting. This particular work is an example of genre painting except with a supernatural aspect, with Saint Luke painting Mother Mary in a contemporary setting. This is a testament to faith, as well as a kind of humorous twist on these normally austere religious topics.
For such a small painting (137 x 111 cm) this artwork is ripe with significance. The artist half imposes himself in the painting as Saint Luke, not literally but symbolically in terms of the humility that the painter attempted to emulate. This is an edgy thing to do, and can generate...
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..... foreground and contrasts that with the lovely deep serenity of the painting’s background.
This wonderful painting is weirdly secular in its appraisal of the faith of the Netherlands and instead turns its focus upon the tradition of art. The painter, as a Saint Luke, is willing to see things and record them as faithfully as possible. The strangeness of the psychological proportions of this painting are especially beautiful because life is strange and faith is stranger. Here we see all the enigma of art and faith wrestling as an artist wrestles to make a name for himself in Brussels.
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