The Flemish cling to medieval religious and secular traditions during the 15th century. The emerging middle class businessmen finds wealth through trade in such as wool and banking for which they travel, develop new markets and exchange ideas. Uncomfortable with new found wealth, they question their prosperity, education and humanist thoughts.
Artists belong to the Guild of St. Luke which guarantees quality, sets prices, assigns commissions, and takes responsibility for the quality of the finished product. Most of their commissions are for very beautiful triptychs and polyptychs created for public or private use, or for formal and solemn portraits of individuals.
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