Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rogier van der Weyden -- April 9, 2011

Doctor Peter Henri Van Der Weyde was born in Nymegen, Holland in 1813. He went on to live a remarkable life of achievement in the sciences and the arts. He died in America in 1895. He wrote the articles which gave this blog its name.

In Part 6 of his memoir, Reminiscences of an Active Life (, he says "The old master Roger Van der Weyde is one of the ancestors of the family."

Rogier van der Weyden was a Fifteenth Century painter in the Netherlands. With Easter coming, I thought it was suitable to include Rogier's painting "The Descent From the Cross," which is currently in the collection of the Prado Museum in Madrid. The figures display more emotion than I am accustomed to seeing in such an early Northern Renaissance painting. Mary, the Mother of Jesus swoons at the foot of the cross.

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