Petrus Christus: A goldsmith in his shop, possibly Saint Eligius

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA)

Petrus Christus was a Flemish painter of the 15th century and this famous paiting of his is an example of Northern Renaissance art. The painting shows the shop of a goldsmith. Behind the counter there is a couple who are buying a wedding ring (the ring is on the small hand-held scale). Notice also the convex mirror on the right and the reflection in it of 2 persons. Behind the goldsmith there is a counter with a wide array of jeweled, glass, metallic objects and also a piece of red coral. The identities of the persons on the painting are not known although the goldsmith is usually identified as St. Eligius (the patron saint of goldsmiths). This painting was probably ordered by the goldsmith's guild of Bruges and is dated to 1449.

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