Rogier or Rogelet? Van Eyck or Robert Campin? What was the painter’s name and who was his master?
Rogier never signed his works. He painted for the city of Brussels, for the Burgundian Dukes and, of course, for the Medici. Jewels adorn the wings of his angels and rich is the embroidery covering bodies whose flesh is unbearably white.
The Descent from the Cross is perhaps his best known work. I am currently in love with his Magdalenes though. Always depicted in the company of an ointment jar, Magdalene preserves nothing of the character’s Biblic glamour. In Magdalene Reading, all that’s left wild about her is the hint of an incredibly lavish underdress and a glimpse of blonde locks. Magdalene is now a reformed, rich and beautiful girl from the Netherlands. Nothing disguises better than a book.