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Netherlandish Altarpieces: Paintings with Doors

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London’s museums are rich in Northern European devotional paintings, altarpieces, diptychs and triptychs. Displayed in museums however show them completely out of context. Varying in sizes, some altarpieces were dedicated for the main altar in churches as others were made for a more private type of devotion in a family chapel or simply to accompany the donor on its journeys as a portable object. So how can we begin to understand these religious works of art and their function? Triptychs and diptychs are understood when viewed with opened doors but what do they mean when the same doors are closed? What type of decoration do we find on the outside panels?

We will explore and discuss how such paintings worked within their social and religious context and learn about the evolution of the altarpiece within the fifteenth century in Northern Europe.

Our talks split into two categories of altarpieces, two-dimensional and three-dimensional: we look at painted altarpieces at the National Gallery and polychrome sculpted altarpieces at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The National Gallery’s talk also includes a visit to the Courtauld Galleries in order to view the wonderful and important Seilern Triptych which is attributed to Robert Campin (ca.1375-1444) and painted ca.1420s.

The price includes entry tickets, the services of your lecturer, two tea/coffee breaks and taxis from the National Gallery to the V&A Museum

Your Tour Lecturer - Veronique Biddell

Born and brought up in Paris, Veronique graduated from the Ecole du Louvre, where she specialised in Greek Archaeology. Selected for the Graduate Trainee Program at Sotheby’s in London, she worked for over a decade as an expert in 19th Century European Paintings and Watercolours as a Deputy Director. Since, she has been working freelance for a London publisher, and is a language teacher in the public sector. Veronique graduated with a Master’s Degree in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her recent research has focused on the Early Renaissance in Northern Europe, in particular the changing attitudes to death, represented in popular monumental sculpted entombment groups of the 15th century.


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