This autumn the Rijksmuseum will honour one of the founders of Dutch painting: Johan Maelwael (Jean Malouel).

Johan Maelwael October 6 2017 to January 7 2018 Philips Wing

Large Round Pietà leaving Paris for the first time in 55 years

From 6 October 2017 until 7 January 2018 the Rijksmuseum honors the first Northern Netherlandish painter: Johan Maelwael (Jean Malouel, Nijmegen, c. 1370 – Dijon, 1415). This uncle of the legendary Limbourg Brothers was active as a versatile, pioneering and productive artist at the courts of the Dukes of Guelders and Burgundy around 1400. Johan Maelwael became one of the most successful and best paid artist of the Western Europe in the Middle Ages. The show is organized with the exceptional support of the Musée du Louvre that lends Maelwael’s most famous painting ‘La Grande Pietà ronde’ that has never left Paris since 1962.

Medieval splendour

Fifty breathtaking medieval treasures – paintings, illuminated manuscripts, precious metalwork and sculpture – will be united in Amsterdam to tell the story of Johan Maelwael. Paintings attributed to the master and his workshop will be juxtaposed with his contemporaries Jean de Beaumetz, Colart de Laon and Henri Bellechose, but also with the sculptures by André Beauneveu, Claes Sluter and Claes van Werve, and with the richly decorated illuminated manuscripts of the famous Limbourg brothers.

Click here for more on the exhibit


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Pietà with the Holy Trinity by Jean Malouel, Louvre

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