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Petrus Christus: A Developer of the Interior Space

Petrus Christus - St Eligius in His Workshop - 1449 - Oil on panel, 98 x 85 cm - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (click photo for larger image)Petrus Christus - Virgin and Child in a Chamber - 1450-55 - Panel, 70 x 51 cm - Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (click photo for larger image)Netherlandish painter Petrus Christus (born c. 1410/20, Baarle – died c. 1475/75, Brugge) is believed by some scholars to have been the pupil of Jan van Eyck--although it is debatable. In any case, he was most definitely heavily influenced by Van Eyck--as well as by Rogier van der Weyden. While lacking the power of these other masters--Christus does count among his best works his portraits--which place his sitters in clearly defined interiors. This represents a significant stylistic departure from the dark backgrounds of his day. Christus also created the earliest dated example of the use of geometric perspective, with a single vanishing point, in the north.

Follow this link to read some interesting details about about Christus' "St Eligius in His Workshop" (top image).

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