WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)
Portrait Diptych of Laurent Froimont (right wing)1460s
Oil on oak panel, 49,3 x 31,5 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
The name of the subject of the portrait was deduced from the grisaille on the reverse side of the panel. The patterned background resembling a hanging is different from the usual neutral backgrounds of Rogier's portraits. In addition, the donor's face seems more softly but less artistically modeled than in those portraits. Since dendrochronology suggests the date of 1469 for the panel showing the donor, the diptych may have been painted by the workshop after Rogier's death.