Jan Borreman the Elder

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Jan Borreman the Elder , also Borremans or Borman , (documented from 1479 to 1520 in Brussels ) was an important Flemish carver of the late Gothic , whose works were not only spread in Flanders itself, but also via trade routes to northern Germany and Scandinavia .

Life and work

An excerpt from the St. George reredos by Jan Borreman in the Royal Museums for Art and History in Brussels

Jan Borreman obtained citizenship of the city of Brussels in 1479.

In 1493 he made the reredos with the martyrdom of Saint George ( Sint-Joris reredos ) for the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Ginderbuyten chapel in Leuven , which is now in the Royal Museums for Art and History in Brussels , as a commissioned work by the Löwener Crossbow guild is located. It is considered his main work and is the reference work for attributions due to the good historical facts.

In addition to this secured attribution, there have been and are various attempts and theories of attribution to other objects. The attribution of the 1518 dated on Antwerp altarpiece in the Marienkirche in Lübeck by Friedrich Schliemann came Adolph Goldschmidt counter and pointed with it in 1889 in the right direction.

Johnny Roosval ordered 1,933 January Borman in Sweden altarpiece in Vill Berga , one in the monastery church Vadstena that Passionsretabel in Västerås Cathedral and an altarpiece in the cathedral of Strängnäs to.

The main work of his presumed son Jan Borreman the Elder J. and his collaborators are the passion altar from 1522 in the parish church of St. Marien in Güstrow , whose paintings were alternately attributed to Bernard van Orley or the master of the Güstrow altar . This altar shows the signature Jan Borman on the sword scabbard of the warrior front right in the cross bearing . Several times further down on the reredos strip the stamp Brussels .

The third documented member of the family is Passchier Borreman , alleged brother of Jan the Elder. J. and son Jan d. Ä. He probably made the reredos in Herentals . Further objects are under discussion.

Other works


Web links

Commons : Jan Borman  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Friedrich Schlie: The city of Güstrow. History, cathedral, parish church, Heiligengeist chapel, St. Gertruden chapel, castle, secular buildings. In: Friedrich Schlie: The art and history monuments of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Volume 4: The district court districts Schwaan, Bützow, Sternberg, Güstrow, Krakow, Goldberg, Parchim, Lübz and Plau. Bärensprung et al., Schwerin et al. 1901, pp. 187–265, here: pp. 234 ff.
  2. Adolph Goldschmidt: Lübeck painting and sculpture until 1530. Nöhring, Lübeck 1889, p. 23 f.
  3. Roosval, p. 16 (20 ff.).
  4. ^ A wooden gem ( Memento from February 16, 2005 in the Internet Archive ). In: museenkoeln.de, accessed on September 21, 2017 (text; image no longer available).