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Lot 31: Master of Belorado. Burgos. 15th century. "The incredulity of Thomas the Ap
27 October 2016
Barcelona, SpainLive Auction
Master of Belorado. Burgos. 15th century. "The incredulity of Thomas the Apostle"
Tempera and flecked gold on board. As Josep Judiol writes: “it was Post, who gave the name of Master of Belorado to the painter of two beautiful compositions, “Nativity of Jesus” and “Wedding at Cana”, which come from the town of Belorado in Burgos. According to Post, the Master of Belorado retained some of the glorious heritage of van der weyden, and he was also influenced by the art of the great master of the Catholic Kings, Diego de la Cruz. He created a vigorous human typology with a tendency to create compositions with an original layout. This can be observed in the painting we are studying, a picture of great interest. As in the majority of paintings on board by this painter from Burgos, the names of the disciples are inscribed on their golden halo. Central to the scene, Saint Thomas´ clothing is of a rich brocade, which reappears in the majority of the paintings by the master. Post attributes various altarpieces that are divided between archbishopric of Burgos and the bishopric of Santo Domingo de la Calzada to this painter, who was active throughout the last quarter of the 15th century. Some of the most impressive of these are those at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, another in Castil de Peones, in the Espino monastery, in Sotillo de Rioja and in Herrera Valdecañas. We joint a document by D. Josep Gudiol, dated 1978, who attributed the work to the Master of Belorado. We thank Mrs. Isabel Mateo Gómez his help in cataloging this lot. 47 x 40 cm.