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Masterpieces of Flemish artwork: Van Eyck to Bosch, Oct.-Dec., 1960. geared up by means of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the town of Bruges.

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John by Roger van der Weyden. The casual attributions to Diirer or some other vaguely remembered name belong to the era before the great exhibition of 1902 in Bruges. This exhibition stimulated and inspired the first generation of specialists in early Flemish art, to whose work we owe the creation of the serious art history of the period. The enthusiasm of x'Xmerican collectors was awakened by this exhibition, also, and the great age of collecting Flemish Primitives began. Three outstanding groups of paintings remain to be mentioned.

Nos. 73 and 103-104), the choir-stalls in Diest (cat. no. no. 74-77). Finally, the great resources of the cities enabled them also to offer an important patronage. To encourage judges to remain impartial, the cities decorated their tribunals with works of the Last Judgment and pictures of Justice. The latter were scenes illustrating legendary subjects such as the condemnation of dishonest judges. The Justice of Herkenbald and the Justice of Trajan, painted by Roger van der Weyden for the Brussels City Hall, are now lost.

Collected a large 40 number equally interested in tapestries, and the Tournai produced important sets of tapestries Philip the Good was also a great book-lover and in of illuminated manuscripts for his library. Part of these now in the Bibliothcque Royale in Brussels and make up the richest and most important part of the Manuscript Department. Music also profited from ducal patronage. Minstrels were engaged to brighten the lavish celebrations organized by Philip the Good who, in addition, maintained a ducal chapel to enhance the musical part of religious services.

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