UNKNOWN MASTER, French
(active 1428-1450 in Tournai and Amiens)
The Crucifixion of the Parlement of Parisc. 1452
Wood, 226 x 270 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This painting - a cross between a polyptych and an altarpiece - was executed for the Grande Chambre of the Parlement of Paris by a painter native of Flanders or the north of France. The frame, forming five lunettes, recalls the compartments of a polyptych. However, the surface of the painting is occupied by a single, united landscape showing the Paris of the time.
The unknown painter is referred to as the Master of Dreux Budé.