Petrus Christus was born in 1410 in Baerle, a town on the borders of Holland. He moved to the prosperous merchant city of Bruges with his wife and became a free master in its painters' guild in 1444. He may have worked there first as an apprentice to Jan van Eyck. When he began to paint shortly after acquiring citizenship in Bruges, all of Europe seemed to be in dramatic flux, economically, socially, politically and artistically. Looking at Christus' painting, you have the feeling of an artist puzzling things out.
Only twenty-five or twenty-six paintings, usually painted on panels made of oak, by this early Flemish master are known to exist today. In his private practice, he did extremely well with lucrative commiss
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