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Roose ca. 1500-1510 - 'horsemen from a Crucifixion scene' (Hendrik Roesen), Leuven, M - Museum Leuven, province of Flemish Brabant, Belgium



Roose Photo: a fantastic Roose Photograph Featuring ca. 1500-1510 - 'horsemen from a Crucifixion scene' (Hendrik Roesen), Leuven, M - Museum Leuven, province of Flemish Brabant, Belgium

Photograph Taken On Friday, June 28, 2019


In June 2019 the Flemish Government acquired "Roesen's Horsemen" and lent them out to M - Museum Leuven. The two remarkable fragments depict four Roman horsemen from a larger Crucifixion scene which was once part of a Passion altarpiece. Hendrik Roesen worked in Leuven and is one of the city's few sculptors we come across in archives and to whom (and/or his workshop) we can actually attribute a dozen sculptures. What is exceptional about this work is that he signed his name on the harness of the front right horse: "Henderic" on the collar and "Roose" on the breeching. Do note that the polychromy is not original. In my humble opinion, the 'official' date of around 1520 might be incorrect: the armour of the horsemen is much more reminiscent of armour from the late 1490s and very early 1500s (compare to the 1490s Brussels tapestry in the museum of Valenciennes showing a tournament for Philip the Fair). When I discussed this matter with the museum's specialist on late medieval Brabantine sculpture, she told me the date of ca. 1520 has been chosen slightly haphazard based on earlier sources and the most active part of the artist's life. Hendrik Roesen can be traced working in Leuven from 1496 onwards.View image on Flickr

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