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This panel was originally part of a polyptych devoted to John the Baptist. Originally it was painted on both sides. Later the sides of the panel were split which resulted in two separate paintings. Depicted at the left is Zacharias being killed. To the left the flight of Elisabeth and her son John the Baptist from Herod's massacre of the firstborn in Bethlehem can be seen. The altar piece was painted for a St. John church, perhaps for the church in Gouda. In addition to this panel, the museum owns another panel from this altar piece. A third panel is in Philadelphia.


Title Elizabeth Fleeing with Her Son
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Height : 132 cm
Width : 95 cm
Makers Painter: Meester van het Johannes-Altaar
previously attributed: Huygh Jacobsz.
Accession number 2117 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1937
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1937
Age maker Between 10 and 20 years old
Collector Collector / Vitale Bloch
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Meester van het Johannes-Altaar

werkzaam/active Gouda (?) 1500 - 1525

The unknown artist was named after the John Altar, of which Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum owns two panels. The master probably worked in Leiden or Gouda around ..