The present wood relief compares closely with a retable fragment of Saint Peter by the Master of the Hakendover Altarpiece (illustrated by Steyaert, op. cit., p. 149). In both, we see rhythmic curves boldly contrasted with the angular lines of the landscape. Following closely in chronological order, the present relief represents the prescient Christ amidst his sleepy followers in the Garden of Gethsemane, while Saint Peter takes a moment after the arrest and grieves his denial of Christ. The figures are set into a hostile environment as a powerful symbol of their denied rest. The two works also compare closely for their drapery which falls in thick folds and angular crumples, while their faces are carved similarly sunken and finely articulated. Another comparable retable fragment is the Nativity from Brussels in the Ramerupt, Saint-Roch (op. cit. p. 146). While the form of the figures differs, there is a similar dynamic between them and the boldly formed landscape. Steyaert consequently suggests the stylistic influence of the Master of the Hakendover Altarpiece on this work (op. cit., p. 146).
J.W. Steyaert, Late Gothic sculpture. The Burgundian Netherlands, Ghent, 1994, pp. 68-73 and 146-149
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