BAERZE, Jacques de
(active 1390s in Dijon)

The Dijon Altarpiece (Retable of the Crucifixion)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon

In 1390, the sculptor Jacques de Baerz (also la Barse) received a commission for an altarpiece for the church of the monastery of Champmol, which the Duke of Burgundy intended to be the necropolis of his dynasty. The altarpiece was carved by Baerz then painted by Melchior Broederlam. It was installed in Dijon in 1399.

On the central panel are the scenes The Adoration of the Magi, The Crucifixion and The Entombment. On the left wing are the figures of Sts George, Magdalen, John the Evangelist, Catherine and Christopher. On the right wing are the figures of Sts Anthony, Marguerite, Louis, Barbara and Joseph.

The picture shows the right side of the altarpiece.