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This archival reproduction of van der Weyden's work celebrates one of the great works of the museum's Netherlandish collection.
The genius of Rogier van der Weyden is revealed in his ability to convey emotion. Here, the Virgin and John the Evangelist shed translucent tears over the death of Christ. The theme is compassion, and the mourners openly display their grief. The wall behind the figures heightens the painting’s emotional impact, as it changes the viewers’ relationship to the scene, forcing a direct and immediate response.
Why Two Panels? This painting likely served as the exterior decoration of the wings of an altarpiece like the one pictured below, with Mary’s blue robe connecting the two panels. They would have been visible when the altarpiece was closed, the bright red hangings drawing viewers’ attention through the darkness of the church.
- Museum exclusive
- 18" x 24" unframed
- Printed with archival quality inks on a high-resolution, large format 12-color printer
- 230gsm coated fine art paper that is acid-free and lignin-free
- Made in the USA