After Rogier van der Weyden: Portrait of Philip the Good (after 1450)
(Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium)
Another fine portrait. This painting is a copy of a lost painting by Rogier van der Weyden. The sitter is one of the most powerful men of Europe at his time - Philip III 'the Good', third Duke of Burgundy (1396-1467). Under his reign Burgundy reached the height of its prosperity and prestige. The territory over which he reigned included Burgundy, Luxemburg, Flanders, Brabant, Limburg, Artois, Hainaut, Holland, Zeeland, Friesland and Namur. Philip is shown here in dressed in black, wearing a large large bourrelet and the chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece, which he instituted in 1430. Painting was done after 1450.