Rogier van der Weyden.
Braque Triptych. Detail.
c.1450. Oil on panel. Louvre, Paris. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
On the central panel, the Virgin Mary and St. John the Evangelist turn toward Christ. On the left-hand panel is St. John the Baptist, and on the right-hand one is Mary Magdalene. The landscape behind St. John the Baptist bears the most important of his deeds: baptism of Christ. The left frame bears a saying in French uttered by the skull: “See, you who are so proud and avaricious, my body was once beautiful but now is food for worms”. The inscription on the cross on the right is from the apocryphal Book of Ecclesiasticus (Ch. 41,1-2) and laments the bitterness of death. See: Rogier van der Weyden. Braque Triptych. Outer wings. Braque Triptych, interior.