Master of the View of Sainte-Gudule (Netherlandish, active ca. 1485)
Oil on wood
Overall, with arched top, 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (21 x 13 cm); painted surface 8 1/8 x 5 in. (20.6 x 12.6 cm)
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.145.27)
The sitters for this panel and a very similar one in the National Gallery, London, wear distinctive, nearly identical costumes, and we can therefore assume that they were members of the same organizationperhaps a guild or confraternity. Holding a heart-shaped book of hours, our young man appears to contemplate a devotional image at the left, probably a Virgin and Child, that may have originally formed a diptych with our panel. The Church of Sainte-Gudule in Brussels is featured in the background, exemplifying the local pride characteristic of artists and patrons at the time.