Judge for yourself

Two_Jans

How’s this for a match-up? On the left is what is considered by some to be a self portrait of Jan van Eyck from the Just Judges panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, completed in 1432. On the right, a portrait of a man from the Petrus Christus painting, A Goldsmith in his Shop, dated 1449.

Is there reason for this? Of course, and not just because Petrus took over Jan’s workshop after his death in 1441 and was considered his successor.  More significantly the match-up is a lead to identifying some of the figures featured in the stolen and still missing Just Judges panel.

Planning to post a presentation on this sometime in September.

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