This book features essays by leading scholars that explore a wide range of topics relating to ﬁfteenth- and sixteenth-century Netherlandish diptychs. The text addresses the practical and social uses of the diptych, the history and origins of the format, and the philosophical issues related to the practice of researching these diptychs. It also analyzes the devotional function of these works in the context of contemporary texts and religious practices in Northern Europe.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, November 12, 2006–February 4, 2007; and the Koninklĳk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, March 2–May 27, 2007).
John Oliver Hand is Curator of Northern Renaissance Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Ron Spronk is a former research curator at the Harvard Art Museums/Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.
With contributions by Marina Belozerskaya, Till-Holger Borchert, Lorne Campbell, Reindert Falkenburg, Ivan Gaskell, Laura D. Gelfand, Peter Klein, Maximiliaan P. J. Martens, Carol J. Purtle, Victor M. Schmidt, Hugo van der Velden, Hélène Verougstraete, and Yvonne Yiu.