Petrus Christus / Portrait of a Carthusian / 1446Petrus Christus
Portrait of a Carthusian

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Creator Name: Christus, Petrus
Creator Nationality: European; Netherlandish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Netherlandish, active by 1444, died 1475/76
Creator Name-CRT: Petrus Christus
Title: Portrait of a Carthusian
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1446
Creation End Date: 1446
Creation Date: 1446
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on wood
Dimensions: Overall 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm); painted surface 11 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (29.2 x 18.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 49.7.19
Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949

Christus moves here beyond the flat neutral backgrounds of portraits by Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin, and Rogier van der Weyden, posing his subject in the corner of an implied room. Enhancing the effect of verisimilitude is a trompe-l'oeil frame with an inscribed sill upon which a fly rests momentarily.

AMICA ID: MMA_.49.7.19
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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