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Episode 13 - A Dark Mirror

Workshop of Robert Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–32

Oil on oak, overall (open): 25 3/8 x 46 3/8 in. (64.5 x 117.8 cm)
The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Simone Martini, Annunciation, 1333

Tempera and gold on wood, 120 x 104 in (305 x 265 cm)

Uffizi Galleries, Florence

Simone Martini, Saint Louis of Toulouse, c. 1317

Tempera, gold, and gems (lost) on panel, 121.6 × 74.2 in (309 x 188.5 cm)

Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples

Detail of morse in wood, glass and tempera paint

photo: Claire Jensen

Sienese, Morse with Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, mid-14th century

Gilded copper, silver, translucent enamel, parchment, glass gems

5 1/16 x 5 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (12.9 x 12.9 x 4 cm)

Attributed to Master Heinrich of Constance, The Visitation, ca. 1310–20

Walnut, paint, gilding, rock-crystal cabochons inset in gilt-silver mounts

23 1/4 × 11 7/8 × 7 1/4 in. (59.1 × 30.2 × 18.4 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Robert Campin (The Master of Flémalle), Christ and the Virgin, c. 1427-1432

Oil and gold on panel, 11 ¼ x 17 15/16 in (28.6 x 45.6 cm)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Simone Martini, Madonna and Child, ca. 1326

Tempera on wood, gold ground, 23 1/8 x 15 1/2 in (58.7 x 39.4 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Simone Martini, Virgin and Child with Saints Helen, Paul, Dominic, Stephen (?),

and a Dominican Nun, c 1325

Tempera and tooled gold on panel, 13 1/8 x 10 x ¾ in (33.4 x 25.4 x 1.9 cm)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Marriage, 1434

Oil on oak, 32 14 x 23 1/2 in (82.2 x 60 cm)

National Gallery, London

German, Mirror or Light Reflector,

15th–16th century

Brass, glass, and paint on oak,

22 1/2 x 20 in (57.2 x 50.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Possibly workshop of Benedetto da Maiano, Tondo mirror frame, ca. 1480

Stucco squeeze, blown convex mirror, gilt, orange-brown bole, 21 7/16 × 14 3/4 in. (54.5 × 37.5 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Vertical wood grain texture

Texture of wood and paint

Black spacer between painting and frame

Unframed - detail

Texture of paint

Merode texture 1.jpg

Crack pattern and remnants of discolored varnish

Recommended Reading

Maryan W. Ainsworth and Keth Cristiansen, eds, From Van Eyck to Bruegel, Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998


Stephan Kemperdick and Jochen Sander, eds., The Master of Flémalle and Rogier van der Weyden : an exhibition organized by the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, and the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, 2009

Claire Jensen, "Simone Martini, Saint Louis of Toulouse," in Smarthistory, September 12, 2020

Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Robert Campin, Christ and the Virgin," in Smarthistory, November 29, 2015

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