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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Gossart the modern

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at

(Courtesy the National Gallery of Art)

Daily Pic: Jan Gossart's stunning portrait of a merchant, c. 1530, from the National Gallery but now on loan to a Gossart survey at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The portraits of Gossart (a.k.a Gossaert, a.k.a. Mabuse) seem tremendously modern. His religious works, on the other hand, seem to point back to the middle ages. Of course, both are precisely of their time. It's us who build false cultural chronologies: Vivaldi is "early" music, while Jonathan Swift, his close contemporary, is an author we can use.

By Blake Gopnik  | October 20, 2010; 9:27 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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