Witch worship – Gertgen that Sint Jans

Witch worship – Gertgen that Sint Jans
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  • Posted by Gertgen is Sint Jans
  • Museum: Bojmans-van Böningen Museum
  • Year: Around 1490

Description of the picture :

Witch worship – Gertgen that Sint Jans. Around 1490. Wood, butter. 91.6×71.8
   The artist lived, not being a monk, in the Harlem Monastery of the Brotherhood of St. John (Sint Yane), and from here he received his name. The creativity of this master refers to the early period of North Renaissance painting.

   In this altar work, the worship of the Magi Mladen Christ is presented. Upon learning of the birth of the Savior, they came to Him from different parts of the world, so Caspar, who knelt down and stretches out the Cup of gold coins to the Baby, represents Europe, Melchior, whose golden cup is supported by a fair-haired boy, Asia, and Baltazar with a crystal vessel in his hand – Africa.

   The composition of the picture and the interpretation of the images of the Magi goes back to the work of Hugo van der Gus “Altar Montforte” (1470). But Gertgen’s painting is Sint Jansa more dry, linear. The long-range, high-rise Magi and landscape send imagination to medieval miniatures, and all the picturesque work with its bright colors, whims and sophisticated forms resembles the art of late Gothic.

   The master lovingly wrote out the details: from richly decorated clothes of the characters in the foreground to the lake with herons – on average and the robes of the Magi and their retinue in the distance, but he built the composition so that its lines converge at one point – the figure of Christ, and thereby conveyed the depth of space. In addition, he sought to make the images full-blooded and reflect on the faces of the participants in the scene their emotions. These features indicate the onset of the Renaissance in North European painting.