A medieval master on show in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is running its first-ever exhibition dedicated to Johan Maelwael, one of the most versatile and best-paid artists of medieval Europe.

Having begun his career as a heraldic painter at the court of the Dukes of Guelders, Maelwael went on to work in Paris and then in Dijon at the court of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy.

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Wide-ranging displays

The Rijksmuseum displays comprise a wide range of medieval artworks, from paintings, to illuminated manuscripts, to metalwork and sculpture, with Maelwael’s own works joined by those of his contemporaries and students.

Pride of place goes to a work known as La Grande Pietà ronde, loaned from the Musée du Louvre. Painted for Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, it has not left Paris since 1962. Johan Maelwael is at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam until 7 January 2018.


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