The Soldiers of Brabant Entering Ravenstein

Object Details

Title:

The Soldiers of Brabant Entering Ravenstein

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of the Getty Froissart (Flemish, active about 1475 - 1485)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Bruges, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1480 - 1483

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 48 x 35 cm (18 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

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In the miniature accompanying the report of a 1380s war between the Flemish duchies of Brabant and Gelders in Jean Froissart's Chronicle,the soldiers of Brabant quietly advance to attack the city of Ravenstein. As troops pass stealthily through a dramatic nocturnal landscape, the sun's last rays create a range of effects, illuminating billowing clouds, metallic armor, and a river whose glassy waters reflect the arches of a bridge. With the vista defined by a rocky hillside in the foreground, forbidding city walls in the middle ground, and a meandering river extending into the distance, this is one of the most developed spatial perspectives in the manuscript. The artist's interest in naturalistic effects, however, also served a dramatic purpose. The falling darkness and stillness of the scene heighten the tension of the Brabant soldiers' imminent attack.

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