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Master of the Legend of St Godelieve

(fl. 1470—1480)


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(fl 1470–80). South Netherlandish painter. He is named after a polyptych (New York, Met.), of which the main panel shows the Feast of the Count of Boulogne, the Marriage of St Godelieve and Bertolf and the Treachery of Bertolf and his Mother. The left wing has two panels showing further scenes from the life of the saint, and the right wing has scenes of the saint's death and miracles. The exterior has a Saint (?Roch) and Donor, St Nicholas of Bari, John the Baptist and a Donor and St Quirinus (or possibly St Arnout, with whom Godelieve is often paired). Godelieve, an exclusively Netherlandish saint who came from Gistel near Bruges, is rarely portrayed. In this work the scenes of the saint's life and miracles are presented in a detailed and clear manner. Although the style resembles the work of two Bruges artists, the Master of the Legend of St Ursula and the Master of the Legend of St Lucy, it is less refined and flatter. The altarpiece was commissioned for a chapel in Bruges and hung in the church of Notre-Dame until the end of the 18th century. A copy, dated 1622, is in the Musée des Antiquités at Bruges.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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