VERHAGHEN, Pieter Jozef
(b. 1728, Aarschot, d. 1811, Leuven)

The Presentation in the Temple

Oil on canvas, 330 x 403 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

The Baroque tradition, with its monumental compositions for churches and public buildings, persisted in the Southern Netherlands in the work of Pieter Jozef Verhaghen, court painter to Maria Theresa. His large altarpiece, The Presentation in the Temple, came from the former Dominican Church in Ghent.