Portrait of a Carthusian

Petrus Christus Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605

Christus placed his sitter in the corner of a warmly illuminated room and enhanced the quality of his "real" presence by the fly resting momentarily on the fictive frame. The leading painter of Bruges following Jan van Eyck’s death in 1441, Christus moved beyond the flat neutral backgrounds of his predecessor’s portraits. The illusionistic inscription underscores the verisimilitude of the portrait, declaring: "Petrus Christus made me in the year 1446."

#5098. Portrait of a Carthusian

Portrait of a Carthusian, Petrus Christus (Netherlandish, Baarle-Hertog (Baerle-Duc), active by 1444–died 1475/76 Bruges), Oil on wood

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