Thursday, January 11, 2018

Berlin's Gemäldegalerie brings all fragments of diptych by Jean Fouquet together for the first time in 80 years

ARTDAILY
Jean Fouquet, Diptych of Etienne Chevalier, c. 1455, right panel: Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels, oak, 95 x 85.5 cm © Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.
BERLIN---Jean Fouquet’s diptych from the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame in Melun is one of the masterworks of French painting and of fifteenth-century art in general. The former left panel, featuring a portrait of the donor Étienne Chevalier and a representation of Saint Stephen, came into the Gemäldegalerie’s collection in 1896. The right panel, depicting the Madonna, has belonged to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp since the early nineteenth century. In addition, there is the enamel medallion with a self-portrait of the artist, which once decorated the frame of the diptych and is now preserved in the Louvre. Curated by Stephan Kemperdick, the presentation at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie brings all of these fragments together for the first time in 80 years, thereby briefly restoring the lost unity of a great work of art. [More]