Diane Wolfthal is the David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Art History at Rice University. Her authored books include The Beginnings of Netherlandish Canvas Painting, 1400-1530 (1989); Images of Rape: The “Heroic” Tradition and its Alternatives (1999); Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy (2004); and In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Renaissance Art (2010). She also recently co-authored Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot (2013).
Catherine Metzger is a senior painting conservator. She worked at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from 1990 - 2013. She was the senior conservator for the exhibitions “Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life” and “Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych,” the catalogue of which won the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award.
This book represents the first comprehensive study of all the fifteenth-century Flemish paintings in Los Angeles, including those in the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum of Art (Pasadena) and the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery (San Marino). It examines well-known masterpieces by Dirk Bouts, Gerard David, and Hans Memling as well as little-known works, some published here for the first time. Using the latest advances in technical studies, including weave density maps, it reveals new insights. Beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated with numerous color illustrations, this volume joins a series of exhaustive studies of early Netherlandish paintings that was begun shortly after the second world war.