Aert van den Bossche and the Master of the Legend of Saint Barbe

Archive materials have revealed that the retable of the Martyrdom of Saints Crispin and Crispinian was painted by Aert van den Bossche of Brussels, who was also a city councillor. He was probably either a pupil or assistant to Hugo van der Goes.

Aert van den Bossche also painted the right wing of the Triptych with the Miracles of Christ conserved in Melbourne, which has been attributed to him for stylistic reasons. The other two painters of this triptych were the Master of the Legend of Saint Catherine and the Master of Princely Portraits.

Some specialists claim that he also collaborated with the Master of the Legend of Saint Barbe: for example, in the panel of the Scenes of the Legend of Henry II, the figures in the section on the left may well be by Aert.

There are numerous discussions on the attributions to Aert van den Bossche and the Master of the Legend of Saint Barbe. We do not know whether these works were produced by one large workshop with several painters or different workshops in Brussels. The presence of the paintings in the exhibition allows them to be compared and nurtures the academic debate.