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Corpus of Christ from the Altarpiece of the Crucifixion

Jacques de Baerze1391–99

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, United States

This representation of Christ crucified was removed from the center of a much larger work, the “Altarpiece of the Crucifixion” commissioned by Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, for the Charterhouse of Champmol outside Dijon. Founded as the dynastic burial place, this monastery housed extraordinary artistic treasures made for the dukes, who commanded rich territories in Flanders and eastern France. The altarpiece, still preserved in Dijon, was first carved by the Flemish sculptor Jacques de Baerze of Dendermonde and then sent to the workshop of the noted painter Melchoir Broederlam in the nearby city of Ypres to be gilded and polychromed and to receive the innovative painted scenes of the life of the Virgin visible when the altarpiece was closed. Both sculpture and painting combine realism and elegance in a manner that foretells the innovations of Flemish art in the fifteenth century.

Details

  • Title: Corpus of Christ from the Altarpiece of the Crucifixion
  • Creator: Jacques de Baerze (Netherlandish, active before 1384–after 1399)
  • Date Created: 1391–99
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.7 × 18.3 × 5.2 cm (11 × 6 1/4 × 2 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Walnut with traces of polychromy and gilding
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Honoré Palmer, 1944.1370
  • Artist: Jacques de Baerze (Netherlandish, active before 1384–after 1399)

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