Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Merode Altarpiece at the Cloisters represents time immemorial

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Ken Johnson
"Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)" (1427) by Robert Campin (Netherlandish, ca. 1375–1444 Tournai)
NEW YORK---The Merode Altarpiece, a triptych at the Cloisters, ranks among the world’s most beautiful paintings. Produced in the South Netherlands workshop of Robert Campin between 1427 and 1432, it’s also a time machine that shuttles the mind across millenniums while orchestrating a convergence of the natural and the supernatural. The nearly square central panel, only about 25 inches on a side, depicts one of Christianity’s foundational myths, the Annunciation, with hallucinatory vividness. [link]