Portrait of Chancellor Jean Carondele, Jan Gossart (Mabuse) – description

Portrait of Chancellor Jean Carondele, Jan Gossart (Mabuse) – description
Portrait of Chancellor Jean Carondele, Jan Gossart (Mabuse) - description - 1

  • Posted by Mabuz
  • Museum: Louvre
  • Year: 1517

Description of the picture :

Portrait of Chancellor Jean Carondele – Jan Gossart (Mabuse). Wood. 27 x 43 cm

   Portraits of the Flemish Jan Gossart, nicknamed Mabuz, should be especially looked closely, since the artist devoted a lot of time and effort to writing them. The thoroughness of drawing, expressiveness, a huge sense of dignity of the posing, regardless of which class he belongs to – all this creates a special style of the Mabuz portrait painter.

   After a trip to Italy, Mabyuz is influenced by the forms of Renaissance, but in the “Portrait of Chancellor Jean Carondel”, written in 1517, perhaps he is still closer to the traditions of the Dutch school of painting.

   Jean Carondele is a lawyer who began his career as dean of the university, subsequently – a well-known politician and adviser to Charles V, a member of the Brussels Privy Council, Burgundy clergyman, Archbishop Palermo. The Chancellor is an important figure in the state, but he is very generous to his friends and creative people, including the painter Mabuz.

   Gossart portrays Jean Karondele in the turnover of “three quarters”, which always gives the image of dynamics and vitality. He is wearing dark clothes, shaded by narrow stripes of fur. A person with clear and sculptural features, framed by a light hat of dark hair, expresses good, humility and restraint.

   It is difficult to say what the character of this person looks like, as the author portrays him at the time of spiritual prayer.

   Eloquent eyes and palms on which the artist focuses. The Chancellor’s hands are folded in prayer of thanks, and his eyes are spiritual and understandable-sear. Perhaps because he prays to the holy Mother of God with baby Jesus in his arms and he knows the whole difficult path this child must go.

   Why the Mother of God will ask the audience? But because the portrait of Chancellor Karondele is not alone. Mabuz draws it in a diptych, where the second part is the image of a madonna with a baby.