Hugo van der Goes The Trinity Altarpiece About 1478 - 1479 Reproduced courtesy of His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Collection Trust on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland


Nationality Netherlandish

Hugo van der Goes developed an international reputation during a relatively short career. He was born in Ghent, where he established a successful workshop before entering a monastery near Brussels as a lay-brother. He continued to paint there, but was deeply disturbed by the thought of failing to complete all his projects. He drew inspiration from the two greatest Netherlandish artists of the previous generation, combining Jan van Eyck’s naturalistic detail with Rogier van der Weyden’s emotional expression. His most famous work is an altarpiece painted for a member of the Portinari family in Florence in 1473-8 (Uffizi Gallery, Florence).

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


A style of monochromatic painting in shades of grey.