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Josquin - Opus chronographicum orbis universi a mundi exordio usque ad annum 1611, volume 1 (Antwerp, 1611) and the painting: Man with glass of wine - Musée du Louvre

Identity of sitter and artist?-painting Musée du Louvre - Josquin??

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Discovered documents reveal that the well-known woodcut of Josquin was almost certainly copied from a panel portrait in oil that once stood in the church of Ste Gudule, Brussels (see Haggh, 1994). Petrus Jacobi (d 1568), a canon of Ste Gudule, owned a portrait of Josquin that may have been painted while the composer was still alive. Jacobi directed in his will that this portrait should be included as one side panel of a triptych that would feature St Peter in the central panel and Jacobi himself on the opposite side; this altarpiece was to be placed near Jacobi’s tomb in Ste Gudule. The portrait was installed in 1569, the year after Jacobi’s death, but only a decade later Protestant iconoclasts destroyed the images in the church. In the Opus chronographicum, completed in 1569 but not published until 1611, Petrus Opmeer singled out the portrait of Josquin in Ste Gudule on which he based his woodcut of the composer, and approvingly referred to Josquin’s ‘truly virtuous face and attractive eyes’


Josquin des Prez: woodcut from Petrus Opmeer’s ‘Opus chronographicum’ (Antwerp, 1611)


Numéro principal : RF 1585
Département des Peintures

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