School of Bruges, late 15th Century
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School of Bruges, late 15th Century

Christ in the House of Simon the Pharisee

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School of Bruges, late 15th Century
Christ in the House of Simon the Pharisee
oil on panel, heightened with gold, circular
7½ in. (19 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Prof. de Jaeger, Bruges; (+) Sotheby's, London, 11 July 1973, lot 21, as 'School of Louvain, late 15th Century' (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. A-5).
Exhibited
Bruges, Collections privées à Bruges, 1970, no. 5, illustrated on the cover.
Louvain, Musée Communal, Aspects of Late Gothic in Brabant, 1971, no. LS/9, pp. 214-5.
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Lot Essay

Formerly catalogued as a work from late-fifteenth-century Louvain, this picture seems to be most closely related to the work of the Master of the Saint Catherine Legend. In particular, it closely resembles two parts of a triptych of The Last Supper by that artist in the Episcopal Seminary, Bruges. The design of the table and the dinner laid on it closely echoes those in the Last Supper and one of the wings, a Passover Meal; in addition, it is interesting to note that the pattern of the floor tiles in the latter image is identical to that in the present picture.

The anonymous Master of the Saint Catherine Legend was first named by Friedländer after a panel depicting scenes from the eponymous tale in the Van der Elst collection, Brussels. The artist's evident links with the work of Rogier van der Weyden led Friedländer and subsequent art historians to identify the Master as Rogier's son Pieter, who continued to run his father's studio. Some of the compositions and landscapes, however, are more reminiscent of those used by painters of the Bruges school.
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