Wednesday, June 3, 2015

‘Rogier van der Weyden’ Review: Intensity in Life and Death

By Richard Cork
‘The Descent From the Cross’ (c. 1435), by Rogier van der Weyden. PHOTO: MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO
SPAIN---For many years, visitors to the Prado Museum have been confronted by the overwhelming impact of “The Descent From the Cross” (c. 1435), a monumental painting filled with the anguish of witnessing Christ’s death. And now, the artist who created it has become the focus of a special exhibition at the Prado that also contains many major loans from other collections. His name is Rogier van der Weyden, and the range of work brought together here reveals an impressive eloquence. But this Prado survey, which celebrates the museum’s successful restoration of a late painting called “The Crucifixion,” commands an emotional power that distinguishes Van der Weyden throughout his career. [link]