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  • Cenk Beyhan asked

    Hello,some sources writes about technique of Norfolk Triptych that "oil and tempera on panel". Is this information wrong? I would be very happy if you could give me some information about it.
    Sincerely yours,
    Dank u wel

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Cenk,
    This triptych is an excellent example of pre-Eyckian painting on panel. First, a white-lead layer would be applied to the wood. It is furthermore likely that an emulsion (of tempera) was used over the isolation layer of white-lead on this panel. On top of this emulsion, the paint would be applied directly.

  • Dr Nigel Ramsay asked

    I wonder if you might be able to tell me why the 'Norfolk Triptiek' is so called? I am assuming that it takes its name from the English county or peerage title of Norfolk, but--if that is indeed the case--would very much like to know exactly how! Yours sincerely, Nigel Ramsay

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Nigel, you are completely correct! The painting was actually named after the Duke of Norfolk who once owned it. Best, Rianne Schoonderbeek


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The scene with many saints gives this triptych the character of an all saints illustration. The panel is one of the earliest examples of Dutch painting which have been preserved. Because it was made in the neighbourhood of Liege, around 1415, this type of painting must have been influential for the Van Eyck brothers, to whom it has even been attributed. These brothers probably came from Maaseik that is also located in the bishopric of Liege.

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Title Norfolk-triptych
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 33.1 cm
Width 16.35 cm
Depth 2.85 cm
Artists Schilder: Anoniem
Accession number 2466 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
De weg naar Van Eyck / The Road to Van Eyck (2012)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Nederlandsche Kunst van de XVde en XVIde eeuw (1945)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Liège > Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

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