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Some Portraits By Johan Maelwael, Painter Of The Dukes Of Burgundy

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The splendid exhibition on the Limbourg brothers, held in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen in 2005, not only provided a welcome occasion to reconsider their manuscript illuminations but also provided an opportunity to pay attention to the work of their uncle, Jean Malouel (or Johan Maelwael, to call him by his Dutch name), who was the painter of the Valois dukes of Burgundy in Dijon from 1396 until his death in 1415. In the portrait of John the Fearless, the text makes only sense after the murder of the duke at Montmoreau in 1419. Although Maelwael cannot be considered as the painter of the portrait of John the Fearless on which the drawing and the painted copy in Chantilly are based, it is logical to assume that he, as the court painter, executed portraits of the duke.

Keywords: Dukes of Burgundy; Johan Maelwael's portrait



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