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Fresh Perspectives on Hugo van der Goes’ Portrait of Margaret of Denmark and the Trinity Altarpiece

Harrison, Jill (2019). Fresh Perspectives on Hugo van der Goes’ Portrait of Margaret of Denmark and the Trinity Altarpiece. The Court Historian, 24(2) pp. 120–137.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14629712.2019.1626108
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Abstract

The Trinity Altarpiece by the Netherlandish artist Hugo van der Goes is a little-discussed signifier of a sophisticated court culture and a specifically Scottish Renaissance. In this article the double-sided panel depicting the commissioner, Provost Edward Bonkil, Queen Margaret of Denmark and Saint George, is considered afresh. By situating the Scottish court within the wider context of courtly cultures in Denmark and Burgundy, it identifies a network of powerful individuals with political and religious links to the Queen. Close analysis of the panel brings to light chivalric ideals, the importance of diplomatic and trade relationships with Flanders and the presence of the ‘devotio moderna’ in Scottish religious practice. New evidence is presented which allows a suggestion to be made regarding the identity of St George and the subject of the lost central panel.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Society for Court Studies
ISSN: 1462-9712
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Art History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 66803
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 15:53
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 16:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66803
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