GOES, Hugo van der
(b. ca. 1440, Ghent, d. 1482, Bruxelles)

Sts Margaret and Mary Magdalene with Maria Portinari (detail)

Oil on wood
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

In the right wing of the Portinari Triptych, we can see the Kings' servant who has dismounted to ask the way from a peasant. The presence of these background figures serves to underline the unity of the triptych, as they apparently converge, from behind the donors and saints, towards the central scene.

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