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Follower of Gerard David, Joos van der Burch and Saint Simon of Jerusalem (c. 1493)

For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at Joos van der Burch and Saint Simon of Jerusalem (c. 1493) by a follower of Gerard David.

About the Work

Title : Joos van der Burch and Saint Simon of Jerusalem
Artist : A follower of Gerard David
Year : c. 1493
Medium : Oil on oak panel
Dimensions : image: 55 x 34 cm (21 5/8 x 13 3/8 in.)
Location : Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums, the painting, rendered on using oil on panel is part of a diptych. Interestingly however, the two paintings forming the diptych belong to completely different studios. While the one depicted here is from Gerard David’s studio, while the other one might have been by or inspired by Rogier van der Weyden.

Joos van der Burch was an official of the court. In this work, he is painted alongside Saint Simon of Jerusalem.

“A prayer written on a banderole rises from his clasped hands toward a window, through which we see the Crucifixion set in a landscape.”

The second work from this diptych shows Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

Other Details

This painting Joos van der Burch and Saint Simon of Jerusalem, by a follower of Gerard David, is housed in the Harvard Art Museums in Room 2500. It is part of the museum’s collection of European Art, 13th–16th century – Art and Image in Europe.


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