Rogier van der Weyden's Heritage

Master of the view on the St Gudula, Portrait of a young man, probably early 148
Master of the view on the St Gudula, Portrait of a young man, probably early 1480s (© National Gallery, London)

Julie Beckers reviews the exhibition The Heritage of Rogier van der Weyden: Painting in Brussels 1450-1520 at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, on view through January 26, 2014.

Beckers writes that "the exhibition is more about what Van der Weyden left behind and those who followed his style of painting after his death... [it] is centred on a set of anonymous masters, active in Brussels and heavily influenced by Van der Weyden. Because of their anonymous nature, these painters have not been held in high esteem in the history of art and have been designated 'minor masters,' unknown and unloved. The display, however, challenges this apparent lack of love. Three painters in particular have been studied: the Master of the Saint Catherine Legend, Colyn de Coter and the Master of the Embroidered Foliage."