Petrus Christus's portraits are the first in Netherlandish painting to show the subject in concrete spatial surroundings, which adds a great deal to the immediacy of their appearance. Neither Robert Campin nor Jan van Eyck took the opportunity of presenting the subject in appropriate surroundings.


  • Title: Portrait of a Young Woman
  • Creator: Petrus Christus
  • Date Created: around 1470
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.5 x h29.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Oil on oak wood
  • Style: Netherlandish
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Rainald Grosshans // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: The Flemish painter Petrus Christus was an apprentice of Jan van Eyck, whose workshop he assumed after his death. He combined the influences of his master with the styles of Rogier van der Weyden and Robert Campin. He drew religious paintings but excelled especially at portraits. They are characterized by their static soberness and their concentration on a few mimic details. The background of the paintings is reduced but remains specific in its spatiality. Among his mayor works are 'Portrait of a Young Lady' (c. 1450), which might be a depiction of Lady Talbot, and Portrait of a Carthusian (1446).
  • Artist Place of Death: Bruges, Belgium
  • Artist Place of Birth: Baarle-Hertog, Belgium
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1420/1473

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