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  • Serena asked

    Good morning,
    is St Hubert's among them? If yes, can you kindly tell me which one it is?
    Thank you very much.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Serena, St. Hubert is among the figures depicted, but you only can find him when the triptych is closed. Then, in the upper part, you will see the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magie, Under these scenes you will find the four evangelists – Mattheus, Lucas, Marcus and Johannes – together with John the Baptist. And opposite them Saint Jacob Minor, Dionysius, Hubertus, Vicentius and the archangel Michael.

    When the triptych is open you will find 'Christ and Maria on the heavenly throne ' (upper part) and 'Christ as the Man of Sorrows' (lower part). The upper zone shows four apostles: Peer with the key, Jacob Minor, Paul with the sword and Andreas with the oblique cross. The lower zone shows bishops, (from left to right) Servatius, Lambertus, Martinus and an unknown bishop. On the left panel you will find
    Laurentius, together with the grid on which he was burnt. Under hum five female Saints: Mary Magdalene with the jar of ointment, Dorothy, Agnes with the lam, Barbara with the tower, and Catharine with the broken wheel. Under them you will find the church fathers Hieronymus with the lion and Pope Gregorius.
    On the inside of the right panel you will find Stephan and four other male Saints: Antonius, Benedictus, Egidius, all carrying a staff and a book. To the far right you will find Leonardus with an arrow and a deer. To conclude the parade, there are two church fathers, Augustinus en Ambrosius. I will send you a picture of the triptych closed by separate email. Kind regards, Els

  • 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 Error: 33,1 is not a valid BCD value cm
Width Error: 16,35 is not a valid BCD value cm
Depth Error: 2,85 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Anoniem
Accession number 2466 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in 1415 - 1420
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De weg naar Van Eyck / The Road to Van Eyck (2012)
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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