Women’s portrait, Robert Kampen – description
- Posted by Robert Campen
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: Around 1435
Description of the picture :
Women’s portrait – Robert Kampen. Wood, tempera. 40.6×28.1
The portrait of a woman and a portrait of a man, according to most researchers, are paired and, possibly, they were originally combined together. This is evidenced not only by their same size, but also by compositionalistic features. Models were wealthy citizens of the city of Tourné, where Robert Kampen worked.
It was also established that they were spouses. At both works, heroes appear submersible and occupy the entire space of the picture. The artist, on the one hand, managed to create two personalities, on the other, the obvious dualism of the pair. Although the views of the four do not meet, the faces are facing each other. While the woman’s face is somewhat less and more brightly lit than the man’s face, a certain symmetry is seen in their aprises.
Both portraits are an example of the highest picturesque skill of Kampen. They set up a bar that has long been unattainable not only in his homeland, but throughout Europe. It was this art that had a huge impact on the entire course of the art process in Europe in the 16th century.