MASTER of Flémalle
(b. ca. 1375, Valenciennes, d. 1444, Tournai)
Mérode Altarpiece (left wing)c. 1427
Oil on wood, 64,5 x 27,3 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
X-rays of the left-hand panel indicate that the identity of the artist of this part is more likely to be Rogier van der Weyden, Campin's most gifted pupil. In this scene the patrons of the altar, Peter Engelbrecht and his wife, are depicted, kneeling devoutly, along with a man standing by a gate in the background. The discovery of additional layers of paint has led to the conclusion that the donor's wife and the man at the gate were added at a later stage.