By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Detail of "The Large Round Pietà" (1400) by Johan Maelwael now at the Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum just opened an exhibition featuring the work of Johan Maelwael (1317-1415), one of the founders of Dutch painting. He painted flags and illuminated manuscripts, but we are interested in his large religious paintings such as "The Large Round Pietà." The painting shows God supporting his son, with the Holy Spirit between them, represented by a dove; the holy trinity are joined by the Virgin Mary and St. John. U.S. museums that have loaned works to the exhibition include the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can see "Johan Maelwael," the exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands through January 2018.

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