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Le Maître au Feuillage Brodé, secrets d’ateliers flamands de la fin du XVe siècle

The Master of the Embroidered Foliage: secrets of Flemish workshops of the late 15th century Exhibition: 13 May - 11 September 2005

PLEASE NOTE: The exhibition was originally planned until 24 July, but has been extended until 11 September 2005.

From the museum website

From 13 May to 24 July 2005, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille will for the first time present an exhibition dedicated to the Flemish Primitives’ art of the late fifteenth century. Art historians have selected two main criteria for the attribution of works to the Master of the Embroidered Foliage: the systematic rendering of leaves as small dots and the study of the Madonna by the Master Painter based on studies borrowed from Rogier van der Weyden. In addition to the production of his own workshop, the Master Painter seems also to have painted landscapes in some collaborative works. But, as with many Flemish primitives, the artistic personality of the Master and his workshop remain difficult to define. It may be possible to reconstitute an array of painters around his corpus of works, raising the questions of co-operation between artists and of attribution criteria, all within the context of production and frequent copying. The exhibition in Lille (13 May – 24 July 2005) will bring together the main works attributed to this Master Painter. The comparisons should raise numerous questions relating to methods of attribution and procedures of artists in the Brussels workshops at the end of the 15th Century. Two study days organized during the exhibition, 23 and 24 June 2005, will make it possible to define terms and new areas of research and to publish initial findings. Two more restricted primary stages in Williamstown and Minneapolis, forming the first section of the study (Using IRR and XR), bring together five examples of the Virgin and the Christ Child that are attributed to the Master.

Other venue

Williamstown, Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (6 October 2004 –2 January 2005)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (22 January – 1 May 2005)


Master of the Embroidered Foliage. Secrets of the workshops: artists’ procedures and methods of attribution to an anonymous Flemish primitive (23 June 2005 – 24 June 2005) at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille