This posthumous portrait was painted around 1450 in the style of Rogier van der Weyden, perhaps by an assistant of the master. John the Fearless was the second Valois Duke of Burgundy and was also Count of Flanders, Artois and Franche-Comté. He was the eldest son of Philip the Bold and Margaretha van Male. At the age of fourteen he was married to Margaretha, daughter of Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Hainaut, Holland and Zeeland. He was the ruler of a territory that, at the time, was regarded as the most powerful of Western Europe. Het was murdered in 1419. He is portrayed here in rich, but extremely sober apparel. This is unusual, since his time was one in which ostentation, colour and general extravagance determined fashion. Confirmation that this is indeed John the Fearless is provided by the tabard.


  • Title: John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy
  • Creator: Anonymous
  • Location: (Southern Netherlands, fifteenth century)

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