WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)
Portrait Diptych of Jean de Gros (right wing)1450s
Oil on oak panel, 38,5 x 28,6 cm
Art Institute, Chicago
Gros was secretary to Philip the Good around 1459, and entered the service of his son Charles in 1456. In the reign of Charles the Bold he became a powerful and much disliked tax collector, and accumulated great wealth. He was imprisoned after the death of Charles, but freed through the intervention of Mary of Burgundy, and died in 1484. He still appears very young in this portrait.