Petrus Christus Joel M. Upton

ISBN: 9780271006727

Published: November 30th 1990

Hardcover

210 pages


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Petrus Christus  by  Joel M. Upton

Petrus Christus by Joel M. Upton
November 30th 1990 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 210 pages | ISBN: 9780271006727 | 10.39 Mb

Long hidden in the shadows of Jan van Eyck and Roger van der Weyden, Petrus Christus was one of the crucial painters active in the complex development of Flemish painting during a period of remarkable vitality and attainment. In Bruges, as elsewhereMoreLong hidden in the shadows of Jan van Eyck and Roger van der Weyden, Petrus Christus was one of the crucial painters active in the complex development of Flemish painting during a period of remarkable vitality and attainment.

In Bruges, as elsewhere in the fifteenth century, the majestic spirit of high gothic Europe gave way to a humbler world of individual experience. Joel Upton defines Christuss own artistic contribution by showing it to be clearly distinct form that of either Jan or Roger.From the time of Jan van Eycks death in 1441 to the arrival of Hans Memling in 1465, Christus was the only panel painter who lived in Bruges whose oeuvre is known. His art provides a singular record of the changing relationship of painter, painting, and patron at the very center of Flemish art.

Upton contends that Christuss art marks an important stage in the evolution of values from the objective or moral collectivism of the thirteenth century to a more subjective, intensely personal, moral individualism of the latter part of the fifteenth century. While Upton acknowledges the acclaimed virtuosity of Jan and Roger in the portrayal of religious truths through compelling physical and emotional specificity, he argues that they preserve a conceptual distance between the image and the beholder that Christus deliberately closed.

Christuss own paintings, therefore, stand out because of their unique accommodation to and transformation of the artistic world in which he lived.Petrus Christus is more than a study of a single painter. It reveals how, by visually shaping their experience, Flemish artists individually as well as collectively informed the infinite condition of our shared experience.



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