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Louvre lends masterpiece Johan Maelwael to Rijksmuseum

Louvre lends masterpiece Johan Maelwael to Rijksmuseum

Photo: NU.nl/Peter Trompetter

The Rijksmuseum and the Louvre in Paris to work closely together in an exhibition about the Dutch painter Johan Maelwael (circa 1370-1415). The Louvre lends for the first time since 1962 Maelwaels most famous painting, La Grande Pietà ronde.

Only a small number of Maelwaels paintings is preserved. The panel in the Louvre is shown with work in precious metals, manuscripts, and images of Dutch and French artists from the same time.

Maelwael painted flags, banners and military equipment, made great religious paintings, portraits and provided the images of gold and color.

He worked for almost twenty years in France for, among others, queen Isabella of Bavaria, and was court painter to the duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold and his son john the fearless. Maelwael also introduced the brothers of the province Of Limburg, to his cousins, Herman, Johan and Paul of Limburg, as miniatuurschilders in France.

The exhibition on Johan Maelwael lasts from 6 October until 7 January.

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