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Jean Fouquet – The Melun Diptych


Jean Fouquet was born around 1420 in Tours, France. He died between 1478 and 1481 and is viewed as an illuminator and a panel painter and as a crucial artist during the transition between late gothic and the early renaissance.


The artwork measures 83.3 x 91.8 cm (width x height).

Brief description

On the section of the art work that is in the Berliner Gemäldegalerie, one can see the employer Etienne Chevalier, alongside his name patron, Saint Stephanus Kniet. On the marble wall behind them, is written in gold writing: “Estienne”. The equipment and design of the room reminds one of palaces in the Italian renaissance. Estienne is magnificently clothed in a red dress. The saint is depicted with his attributes: a holy book and a stone. He suggests that that was how he died as a martyr. This also symbolizes the wound on the top of his head.

Genre & Material

The Melun Diptych is a two-panel oil painting of the Renaissance. Painted on oak wood.

Where can I find this in Berlin?

In the Gemäldegalerie at the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin. To find out how to get there, please click the link below the description.

The piece of art is the left wing of the “Melun Diptych”, a two-winged panel. Portrayed is the artist’s employer, Etienne Chevaier alongside Saint Stephanus. It was created around 1456. The panel hung over the grave of Catherine Bude, the wife of Etienne Chevalier, in the collegiate church in Notre-Dame in Melun, France. The right wing is located in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerpen.

Hier geht es zu dem Museum in Berlin, in dem Sie dieses Meisterwerk finden

ART@Berlin: Jean Fouquet – The Melun Diptych


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