Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Artistically, Bruges in 1475 Was Still the Place to Be

I would live in Bruges, where I would be able to see the Portinari altarpiece being painted by Hugo van der Goes for Tommaso Portinari, the Florentine banker long resident in Bruges. The altarpiece, a triptych which was sent to Florence in 1483, is a masterpiece that today is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. There were other artists such as Memling working there as well, and I would have been able to live surrounded by wonderful churches, libraries, and grand houses in a time before Bruges was overtaken by Antwerp as the trading capital of Burgundy.

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