Arts Everyday Living: Jewel of the Northern Renaissance–A Noblewoman at Court

 

 

 

 

JEWEL OF THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE

A NOBLEWOMAN AT COURT

 

 

 

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Rogier van der Weyden, Portrait of a Lady, c. 1460, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The virtue of her looks

Excels the precious stone;

Ye need none other book

To read, or look upon.

John Heywood, A Description of a Most Noble Lady

In what is modern Belgium, Rogier van Weyden (1399/1400-1464), Jan van Eyck, and Hugo van der Goes, among others, were pioneers of the oil technique, allowing them to execute their works of art with a preciseness and authenticity new to the world of art. English poet John Heywood (c. 1497-1580) once worked at the courts of the Tudor monarchs, including Henry VIII, Edward VI as well as Queens Mary and Elizabeth.

The above image is used solely for educational purpose and in the U.S. public domain.

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