WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)
Portrait Diptych of Philippe de Croy (left wing)c. 1460
Oil on oak panel, 49 x 31 cm
Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino
This panel is probably the left wing of a diptych. The right wing - now in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp - is a portrait of Philippe de Croy.
A drawing (now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris) that was intended as the model for a painting is very closely related to the head of this Madonna that may have belonged to the Portrait of Philip de Croy (Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp); but as a whole she does not have the shape typical of Rogier, with its very high, domed forehead. Since the eyes are also very lifeless, and the dark, earthy colour is not found in any of Rogier's works, this panel could be by another painter.