Jan de Molder

(fl. c. 1513—1518)

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(fl c. 1513–18). Netherlandish wood-carver. He is known only for the production of two carved altarpieces for the abbey of Averbode. The first, destined for the altar of the Holy Sacrament and commissioned in 1513, has been positively identified with the altarpiece bearing the Antwerp mark of quality and the arms of the abbey of Averbode now in the Musée de Cluny, Paris. The carved scenes of the Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek, the Mass of St Gregory and the Last Supper are identical with those specified in the Averbode contract; the painted shutters, which were to represent other scenes relating to the Holy Sacrament, are now lost. The contract also shows that Jan de Molder was the brother-in-law of the reigning prior of Averbode, Adriaen. This first altarpiece is a transitional work. The beginnings of Antwerp mannerism may be seen in the elaborate arched frame and the crowded compositions, but the compact and animated figure types, unaffected gestures and angular drapery folds are more characteristic of late 15th-century carving. The second altarpiece (untraced) was a more expensive work, commissioned for the altar of All Saints, inspected and approved by the wardens of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke and delivered in 1518.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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