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The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 2, Fifteenth- to Eighteenth-Century European Paintings: France, Central Europe, The Netherlands, Spain, and Great Britain

The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 2, Fifteenth- to Eighteenth-Century European Paintings: France, Central Europe, The Netherlands, Spain, and Great Britain

Sterling, Charles, ed., with Maryan W. Ainsworth, Charles Talbot, Martha Wolff, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Jonathan Brown, and John Hayes
1998
256 pages
157 illustrations
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This volume catalogues forty-two remarkable paintings collected by Robert Lehman and his father, Philip Lehman. Petrus Christus' Goldsmith in His Shop of 1449 is justly famous as one of the first northern European paintings to depict the objects and roles of everyday life. To convey the prestige of the sitter in his Portrait of a Young Man of about 1475–80, Hans Memling posed him before a landscape, a formula that had lasting repercussions in Italian as well as Northern art. Philip Lehman also acquired Memling's Annunciation, which has long been regarded as one of his finest and most original works. Jean Hey's portrait of the young Margaret of Austria, painted about a decade later, is rightly considered a milestone in the history not only of French painting, but of portraiture. The wings of a triptych Gerard David painted about 1510 epitomize the best of Bruges painting before the economic and artistic decline of the city later in the century. Paintings by Lucas Cranach father and son, Hans Holbein, Gerard ter Borch, and Pieter de Hooch all represent in their own way the best of the era and place in which they were created. Two well-known works by El Greco, Rembrandt's sophisticated and sensitive portrayal of fellow artist Gerard de Lairesse, and masterful portraits by Goya, George Romney, and Sir Henry Raeburn are further high points of the collection. Each painting is discussed in light of recent technical as well as art historical research, and biographies of the artists and numerous comparative illustrations supplement the extensive catalogue entries.

Met Art in Publication

The Lamentation of Christ, Simon Marmion  French, Oil and tempera (?) on oak panel
ca. 1473
Portrait of a Woman, Netherlandish or French  Netherlandish / French, Oil on oak panel, Franco-Flemish
ca. 1470–80
Margaret of Austria, Jean Hey (called Master of Moulins)  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel
ca. 1490
Virgin and Child with a Dragonfly, Master of Saint Giles  Netherlandish/French, Oil and tempera (?) on paper laid down on oak panel, Netherlandish and French
ca. 1500
Portrait of a Man with His Hand on His Chest, Attributed to Corneille de Lyon  Netherlandish, Oil on wood, Netherlandish
1540–45
Virgin and Child with a Donor Presented by Saint Jerome, Master of the Munich Bavarian Panels, Oil and gold on poplar panel, Bavaria, probably Munich
ca. 1450
Adoration of the Magi, German , Middle Rhine(?), active ca. 1470-90, Oil and gold on beech panel, German, Middle Rhine(?)
ca. 1470–90
Mary of Burgundy, Master H.A. or A.H.  Austrian, Oil on fir panel
1528
Venus with Cupid the Honey Thief, Lucas Cranach the Elder  German, Oil on oak panel
ca. 1580–1620
Nymph of the Spring, Lucas Cranach the Younger  German, Oil on beech panel
ca. 1545–50
Portrait of a Man Seated in an Armchair, Dutch (Amsterdam) Painter, about 1640–50  Dutch, Oil on canvas
ca. 1640–50
A Goldsmith in his Shop, Petrus Christus  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel
1449
Portrait of a Young Man, Hans Memling  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel
ca. 1472–75
The Annunciation, Hans Memling  Netherlandish, Oil on panel, transferred to canvas
1480–89
Virgin and Child, Hans Memling  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel, Netherlandish
Early sixteenth century
Virgin and Child with Saint Anne Presenting Anna van Nieuwenhove, Master of the Saint Ursula Legend  Netherlandish, Oil on panel, Netherlandish
1479–82
Saint Christopher and the Infant Christ, Dieric Bouts  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel
After 1485
The Adoration of the Christ Child, Master of Frankfurt  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel, Netherlandish
possibly 1496–1502
The Holy Family, Joos van Cleve  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel, Netherlandish
possibly 1527–33
Christ Carrying the Cross, with the Crucifixion; The Resurrection, with the Pilgrims of Emmaus, Gerard David  Netherlandish, Oil on oak panel
ca. 1510
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Sterling, Charles, ed. 1998. The Robert Lehman Collection. 2: Fifteenth- to Eighteenth-Century European Paintings / Charles Sterling. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.