Bladelin Triptych (Middelburg Altarpiece), 1445-50
by Rogier van der WEYDEN

In the middle of the 17th century this triptych, known as the Middelburg Altarpiece, was in the Flemish city of Middelburg, founded by the rich Bruges burgher Pieter Bladelin and his wife around 1444. The donor of the work, also known as the Bladelin Altarpiece, is therefore usually thought to have been the founder of the city himself. On the other hand, Middelburg passed into other hands after the death of the Bladelins, who had no children, and there is no evidence that the altarpiece did not arrive there at a later date. Furthermore, it shows only one donor, although Bladelin's wife was cofounder with him of the new city. The donor depicted, wearing the same fashions as the Duke of Burgundy and obviously a member of the upper classes, must therefore be considered unidentified.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 22 minutes):
Thomas Tallis: Mass (Puer natus est)


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Bladelin Triptych
1445-50
Oil on oak panel, 91 x 89 cm (centre panel), 91 x 40 cm (each wing)
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1443*750
True Color
178 Kb



Bladelin Triptych (exterior)
1480
Oil on oak panel
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

950*1049
True Color
188 Kb



Bladelin Triptych (left wing)
1445-50
Oil on oak panel, 91 x 40 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

650*1490
True Color
173 Kb



Bladelin Triptych (central panel)
1445-50
Oil on oak panel, 91 x 89 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1010*1022
True Color
180 Kb



Pierre Bladelin Triptych (detail)
1445-50
Oil on wood
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

764*791
True Color
165 Kb



Pierre Bladelin Triptych (detail)
1445-50
Oil on wood
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

875*844
True Color
158 Kb



Pierre Bladelin Triptych (detail)
1445-50
Oil on wood
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

664*1130
True Color
173 Kb



Bladelin Triptych (right wing)
1445-50
Oil on oak panel, 91 x 40 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

650*1506
True Color
193 Kb




Summary of works by Rogier van der Weyden
Altarpieces
Deposition | St Luke Madonna | Annunciation | Miraflores
7 Sacraments | Crucifixion | Bladelin (Middelburg) | Beaune
Braque | St Columba | St John | Various altarpieces
Portraits
Portrait diptychs | Individual portraits
Single panels
Pietŕs | Various | Fragments, copies of last works
Graphics