The Charterhouse of Bruges

GBP £29.95



ISBN: 978-1-911282-19-8

160 Pages

260 x 216 mm (8 ½ x 10 ¼ in)

85 colour

In association with The Frick Collection, New York

September 2018


Thought-provoking new volume reveals the fascinating ways in which religious images were used, viewed, and valued by late medieval monastic communities

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With Maryan Ainsworth and Till-Holger Borchert

This book celebrates the reunion—for the first time in twenty-four years and only the second time in their history—of two masterpieces of early Netherlandish painting. Both were commissioned by the Carthusian monk Jan Vos during his tenure as prior of the Charterhouse of Bruges in the 1440s: The Frick Collection’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos (commissioned from Jan van Eyck and completed by his workshop) and the Gemäldegalerie’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos (painted by Petrus Christus). These works are examined with a selection of objects that place them in the rich Carthusian context for which they were created.

Drawing on a recent campaign of technical examination and new archival research, this lavishly illustrated, scholarly volume explores the works’ creation, patronage, function, and reception, offering a focused look at devotional and artistic practices in Bruges during the mid-fifteenth century. This is a significant contribution to the body of published knowledge of the role played by images in shaping monastic life and funerary strategies in late medieval Europe.

Author biographies

Emma Capron is the 2016–18 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow, The Frick Collection and the 2018–19 Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Maryan Ainsworth is Curator of European Paintings, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Till-Holger Borchert is Director of the Bruges Museums.

Table of contents

  1. Director’s Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Paintings, Prayers, and Salvation: The Jan Vos Virgins in Context by Emma Capron
  4. Attribution Mysteries of the Virgin and Child with St Barbara, St Elizabeth, and Jan Vos by Maryan W. Ainsworth
  5. Being there: Jan van Eyck and Petrus Christus in Bruges by Till-Holger Borchert
  6. Collecting Jan van Eyck from europe to america by Emma Capron
  7. Catalogue of the Exhibition
  8. Appendices
  9. Map of the Burgundian Netherlands, Ca. 1441
  10. Bibliography
  11. Index
  12. Photo Credits