WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)
Diptych of Jeanne of France1452-70
Oil on oak panel, 39 x 27 cm (each wing)
Musée Condé, Chantilly
The painting probably comes from the workshop of Rogier van der Weyden.
Jeanne of France (c. 1435-1482), here being recommended by her patron saint John the Baptist, was a daughter of King Charles VII of France (1403 -1461, king from 1422). The coat of arms shows her own crest with that of John of Bourbon, whom she married in 1452. The combination of the Crucifixion with the Apocalyptic Madonna (showing the Virgin Mary as the woman of the Apocalypse) is very rare. The work has some stylistic similarity to the Sforza Triptych (Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels).