He was a major underrated painter from Bruges, a follower of van Eyck, and influenced by van der Weyden. His small-scale religious works and portraits are organized and painted with meticulous detail. Notice Christus’s interest in space and light: liked deep space; placed figures in the corners of rooms to suggest both space and intimacy. Christus was the first northern painter to understand and use the Italian single-point perspective.
Petrus Christus’s major works are The Man of Sorrows, mid-15th century (Birmingham, UK: Museums and Art Gallery); Edward Grimston, 1446 (London: National Gallery); The Last Judgment, 1452 (Berlin: Staatliche Museum); Virgin and Child with Sts. Jerome and Francis, 1457 (Frankfurt: Städelsches Kunstinstitut); A Young Lady,c. 1470 (Berlin: Staatliche Museum).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.