Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art: "Seeing God and the Duke: The Charterhouse of Champmol" by Susie Nash, The Courtauld Institute of Art
The Charterhouse of Champmol in Dijon was founded in the 1380s as a ducal mausoleum by Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and it became home to an astonishing array of paintings and sculpture. This lecture considers how some of these images, particularly the monumental sculpture of Claus Sluter, were installed, experienced, and protected — both by the resident Carthusians and the dukes who patronized them.
In the 1440s, Jan Vos, the prior of the Charterhouse of Bruges, commissioned two panel paintings from Jan van Eyck and Petrus Christus. Now considered masterpieces of early Netherlandish painting, these works are reunited at The Frick Collection for only the second time in their history. The curator of the special exhibition examines the panels in their Carthusian context, highlighting how images shaped devotional life and funerary practices in late medieval Europe.