Piety, Nobility and Posterity: Wealth and the Ruin of Nicolas Rolin's Reputation

Gelfand, Laura
December 2009
Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art;Dec2009, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
Scholars writing about Jan van Eyck's portrait of Nicolas Rolin in the Rolin Madonna have often described the depiction and the man negatively: while some have maligned Rolin's appearance others have identified him as a hubristic usurper. This essay seeks to provide a more nuanced understanding of Nicolas Rolin's patronage by examining his role as chancellor, his status as a non-noble within the classconscious and restrictive Burgundian court, and how that has affected our interpretation of the works of art he commissioned and in which he appears.


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