The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, which is located in the Sint-Andreas School on the Garenmarkt in Bruges and that is an initiative of the Groeninge Museum of Bruges, is especially pleased about being able to support the publication of the important and long-awaited study of Matthias Weniger: Sittow, Morros, Juan de Flandes: Drei Maler aus dem Norden am Hof Isabellas der Katholischen.
Matthias Weniger is a specialist in late-Medieval art and a scholar of the art from the Iberian Peninsula. In 1996 Weniger was promoted to Doctor at the Freie Universität Berlin with a particularly thorough dissertation on this subject. It was the first assembled compendium on the oeuvre of Michiel Sittow and Juan de Flandes, and dealt with their studio practices and their following. Matthias Weniger continued to pursue the subject, and he decided to update the study and to publish it anew.
The new book offers not only an engaging overview of the artistic milieu in Spain at the time of the Catholic Queen Isabella of Castile (1451-1504) and Ferdinand of Aragon (1452-1516), but also shows that in addition to Sittow and de Flandes, yet a third artist, Felipe Morros, was involved with the painting of the famous Oratorio of Isabella of Castile.
Weniger presents the oeuvre of Morros for the first time together and he provides a biographical annotation. Felipe Morros was originally descended from Picardy in the North of modern-day France. His connection with the Spanish court of Isabella was the reason why he was active in Lyon and Marseille.
Matthias Weniger is the conservator of sculpture and painting (pre-1550) at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich since 2003. Together with Robert Suckale and Manfred Wundram, he wrote the popular book Gothic, which was published by Taschen.
More info: Matthias Weniger, Sittow, Morros, Juan de Flandes. Drei Maler aus dem
Norden am Hof Isabellas der Katholischen, Kiel, 2011.