Petrus Christus, 1449 - A Goldsmith in his Shop - fine art print

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Artwork specifications from The Metropolitan Museum of Art website (© - by The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A celebrated masterpiece of Northern Renaissance Art, this painting was signed and dated 1449 by Petrus Christus, the leading painter in Bruges (Flanders) after the death of Jan van Eyck. The panel attests to Netherlandish artists’ keen interest in pictorial illusionism and meticulous attention to detail, especially in the luminous jeweled, glass, and metallic objects, secular and ecclesiastic trade wares that are examples of the goldsmith's virtuosity. The main figure in this enigmatic painting was long identified as Saint Eligius (the patron saint of goldsmiths) due to the presence of a halo, which was recognized as a later addition and subsequently removed. The panel is likely a vocational painting, which portrays the profession of goldsmithing and perhaps a specific goldsmith. Technical analysis reveals the underdrawing of the goldsmith's face to be very carefully modeled—more so than the faces of the couple—indicating the possibility of a portrait. It has been suggested that he is Willem van Vleuten, a Bruges goldsmith who worked for Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy. In 1449, the date of this painting, the duke commissioned from van Vlueten a gift for Mary of Guelders on the occasion of her marriage to James II, King of Scots. That couple may well be depicted in this painting, portrayed buying a wedding ring that is being weighed on a scale. The girdle that extends over the ledge of the shop into the viewer’s space is a further allusion to matrimony. The convex mirror, which links the pictorial space to the street outside, reflects two young men with a falcon (a symbol of pride and greed) and establishes a moral comparison between the imperfect world of the viewer and the world of virtue and balance depicted here.

Details of the print product

This painting was created by the Dutch painter Petrus Christus. The 570 years old version of the masterpiece was made with the dimensions: Overall 39 3/8 x 33 3/4 in (100,1 x 85,8 cm); painted surface 38 5/8 x 33 1/2 in (98 x 85,2 cm). Oil on oak panel was used by the Dutch artist as the medium of the work of art. This artwork is in the the The Metropolitan Museum of Art's art collection. We are happy to mention that the work of art, which is in the public domain is being supplied with courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975. Furthermore, the artpiece has the creditline: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975. Further, the alignment of the digital reproduction is portrait with a ratio of 1 : 1.2, which implies that the length is 20% shorter than the width. The Netherlandish painter, born ca. Petrus Christus was an artist from the Netherlands, whose artistic style was primarily Northern Renaissance. The Dutch painter was born in 1444 in Baarle-Hertog, Antwerpen province, Flanders, Belgium and passed away at the age of 32 in 1476 in Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium.

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General information on the artist

Artist: Petrus Christus
Aliases: Cristus Petrus, Christus Petrus, Petrus Christus, Cristus Pierre, Petrus Cristus, Christus, p. christus
Artist gender: male
Artist nationality: Dutch
Jobs of the artist: Netherlandish painter, born ca.
Home country: the Netherlands
Artist category: old master
Art styles: Northern Renaissance
Died aged: 32 years
Born in the year: 1444
Place of birth: Baarle-Hertog, Antwerpen province, Flanders, Belgium
Died in the year: 1476
Died in (place): Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium

Background data on the work of art

Title of the piece of art: "A Goldsmith in his Shop"
Categorization of the artwork: painting
General category: classic art
Temporal classification: 15th century
Artwork year: 1449
Age of artwork: around 570 years
Artwork original medium: oil on oak panel
Original artwork dimensions: Overall 39 3/8 x 33 3/4 in (100,1 x 85,8 cm); painted surface 38 5/8 x 33 1/2 in (98 x 85,2 cm)
Museum / location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum location: New York City, New York, United States of America
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Artwork license type: public domain
Courtesy of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Creditline: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

Article information

Article categorization: art copy
Reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Manufaturing technique: UV direct print (digital printing)
Product Origin: produced in Germany
Type of stock: production on demand
Product usage: wall gallery, art collection (reproductions)
Artwork orientation: portrait alignment
Aspect ratio: 1 : 1.2 length : width
Implication of image ratio: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Materials you can choose: metal print (aluminium dibond), poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), canvas print
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Poster print (canvas paper) variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Aluminium dibond print size options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Picture frame: not available

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