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Four Heads (after Details from the Ghent Altarpiece), c. 1490
Gerard David Dutch, 1460
metalpoint on cream prepared laid paper 7.2 x 6.3 cm Purchased 1958
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6986)
David copied these faces from the group of elect popes and bishops in the central panel of the "Ghent Altarpiece" (1432) in the Cathedral of St. Bavo by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The altarpiece, famous in its own day, remained an important source for Netherlandish artists for many decades.