Joos Van Der Burch And Saint Simon Of Jerusalem
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Follower of Gerard David, Netherlandish (Oudewater c. 1460 - 1523 Bruges)
Unidentified Artist
Joos van der Burch and Saint Simon of Jerusalem
Work Type
c. 1493
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands, Bruges
Level 2, Room 2500, European Art, 13th–16th century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on oak panel
image: 55 x 34 cm (21 5/8 x 13 3/8 in.)
panel: 56.2 x 35.7 cm (22 1/8 x 14 1/16 in.)
frame: 66.2 x 44.4 x 7.2 cm (26 1/16 x 17 1/2 x 2 13/16 in.)
frame (hinged with 1906.6.A): 66.2 x 88.8 x 7.2 cm (26 1/16 x 34 15/16 x 2 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: on back of panel; [twelve lines of text in old Dutch, with a family crest and a monogram, possibly JB]: Hier voren ligghe begrave joos vade / burch, wile raed konycx vade romsche / rijcke en zijns zoons ph[iluppu?]s erdshertogh / va oostrijcke, hertoghe va bourgne grave / va vlandere. etc. en ghecmmteerd ont / fanghere va veurnabocht XXIX iare / die starf de vierde dach va sporkele / int iare m . cccc . zesedetneghetich. / JK [coat of arms] JK / en ioncvrouwe katheline vader / mesch zijn eerst wijf die starf de / xx dach va maye int iaer . M . CCC / zesentsevetich bid over de zielen
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of George W. Harris in memory of John A. Harris (to Harvard College)
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 55, repr.

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 362, p. 305, repr.

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 104, 169, repr. b/w cat. no. 97

Ron Spronk, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Early Years of Conservation and Technical Examination of Netherlandish Paintings of the Fogg Art Museum", Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting, ed. Molly Faries, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), pp. 39-56, p. 40; repr. p. 41 as fig. 3

Peter Klein, "Dendrochronological Analyses of Netherlandish Paintings", Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting, ed. Molly Faries, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge MA, 2003), pp. 65-81, p. 80, in table 5

Molly Faries, ed., Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting: Methodology, Limitations and Perspectives, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 150, in glossary; detail repr. in color as pl. 28, p. 209

Dr. Maryan W. Ainsworth, "'À la façon grèce': The Encounter of Northern Renaissance Artists wtih Byzantine Icons", Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), ed. Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New York, NY / New Haven, CT, and London, 2004), pp. 545-555, p. 554, repr. as fig. 17.15

Andrea Pearson, Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art, 1350-1530, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. (Hampshire, England, 2005), p. 78, repr. in b/w p. 79; checklist no. 12, p. 196

John Oliver Hand and Ron Spronk, ed., Essays in Context: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA, 2006), pp. 24, 68, p. 58 note 19, p. 248 cat. no. 40

John Oliver Hand, Catherine A. Metzger, and Ron Spronk, Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, exh. cat., Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, and London, 2006), p. 22; no. 40, pp. 264-271, repr. in color with verso, details, IR,and cross-sections

Andrea Pearson, "Personal Worship, Gender, and the Devotional Portrait Diptych", The Sixteenth Century Journal (spring 2000), vol. XXXI, no. 1, pp. 99-122, p. 119, repr.

Exhibition History

Style and Technique: their Interrelation in Western European Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1936 - 12/31/1936

Northern European Art from 1450 to 1550, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/13/1994 - 02/05/1995

Prayers & Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, 03/03/2007 - 05/27/2007; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/12/2006 - 02/04/2007

Re-View: S422-423 Western Art of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

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