(b. 1483, Ghent, d. 1561, Bruges)

Sixteen Gospel Scenes

Parchment on board, 68 x 53 mm (each scene)
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Simon Bening, Alexander Bening's son, was also an accomplished manuscript painter and is well known for his technical innovations in the art of storytelling. One of his narrative cycles included sixty-four miniatures on the life of Christ. Today, the densely packed parchment pages are rearranged on four panels in the Walters Art Gallery Baltimore. Each panel of the so-called Stein Polyptych includes sixteen images. The present panel is the second of the series with depictions from the Baptism to the Arrest of Christ. The individual scenes are tightly cropped, producing dramatic close-ups.

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