The Collegiate Church of Saint Peter, Louvain
190 p., +274 p. halftones & 16 p. colour ill., 230 x 290 mm, 1996
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This English language volume on the
collegiate church of Saint Peter in Leuven (Louvain), is the eighteenth
in the series. In this monograph, the art historian M. Comblen-Sonkes
has made an exhaustive study of three altarpieces. Two altarpieces are
by Dirk BOUTS, the Holy Sacrament Triptych and the Saint Erasmus
Triptych. The author proceeds to a rigorous stylistic and technical
analysis with the help of laboratory documents such as X-radiographs
and infrared reflectograms. Moreover exceptional archival sources,
being the commissioning contract and the receipt of payment to the
artist for the Holy Sacrament Triptych, fortunately shed light on the
historical context and on the genesis of this type of paintings. The
Edelheere Triptych, from which the central panel is a copy of the
famous Descent of the Cross made by Rogier van der Weyden for the
church of Our Lady outside the Walls in Leuven (now in the Prado),
furnishes interesting elements to the issue of copying in the paintings
of the fifteenth century Southern Netherlands.