Norfolk-triptych 1415 - 1420


Room 35

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Dr Nigel Ramsay asked:
I wonder if you might be able to tell me why the 'Norfolk Triptiek' is so called? I am assuming that it takes its name from the English county or peerage title of Norfolk, but--if that is indeed the case--would very much like to know exactly how! Yours sincerely, Nigel Ramsay
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Nigel, you are completely correct! The painting was actually named after the Duke of Norfolk who once owned it. Best, Rianne Schoonderbeek
Cenk Beyhan asked:
Hello,some sources writes about technique of Norfolk Triptych that "oil and tempera on panel". Is this information wrong? I would be very happy if you could give me some information about it. Sincerely yours, Dank u wel
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Cenk, This triptych is an excellent example of pre-Eyckian painting on panel. First, a white-lead layer would be applied to the wood. It is furthermore likely that an emulsion (of tempera) was used over the isolation layer of white-lead on this panel. On top of this emulsion, the paint would be applied directly. Best, Frederieke

About this artwork

The scene with many saints gives this triptych the character of an all saints illustration. The panel is one of the earliest examples of Dutch painting which have been preserved. Because it was made in the neighbourhood of Liege, around 1415, this type of painting must have been influential for the Van Eyck brothers, to whom it has even been attributed. These brothers probably came from Maaseik that is also located in the bishopric of Liege.

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Object details

material and technique: oil on panel
kind of object: painting
creditline: Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
inventory number: 2466 (OK)