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Document Details :
Title: Elckerlijc in beeld
Subtitle: Jan Provoosts 'Rijkaard en de dood'
Author(s): WARNAR, Geert
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 57 Issue: 3 Date: 2015
This article argues that the painting ‘Death and the miser’ by the early sixteenth-century painter Jan Provoost (Bruges and Antwerp) shows familiarity with the Dutch morality play Elckerlijc. Looking at the shared historical context of both painting and play – the Antwerp communities of painters, printers and rhetoricians united in the guild of Saint Luke – the article attempts to clarify how this direct connection of late medieval text and image came about. As Provoost was a member of the guild of Saint Luke together with Govaert Bac and Willem Vorsterman, who both printed the Elckerlijc, we may assume the painter knew the text. It is further argued that these Antwerp circles of artists, artisans and poets can be considered a community with shared views, assumptions and interests, that form a context in which to study the interconnectedness of the late medieval visual arts and textual culture of the Low Countries.