Before you invest hundreds of dollars in an authentication investigation, consider our Preliminary Opinion service. For $150, it is the most economical approach to get an initial opinion about the authenticity of your artwork.

Hugo van der Goes (before 1436-1482)

Do you think you may own a painting by Hugo van der Goes? We perform art authentications, art appraisals, art research and provide Certificates of Authenticity (COA) as well as consultations, for all paintings by Hugo van der Goes.

The Fall Of Adam

The Fall Of Adam

Adoration Of The Shepherds

Adoration Of The Shepherds

Hugo van der Goes has been called the greatest Netherlandish painter of the late 15th century. Very little is known about his life prior to 1467 when he became a master in the painters' guild at Ghent. Van der Goes had been given many commissions for the town of Ghent and by 1475 he was the dean of the painters' guild.

The Lamentation

The Lamentation

It is said that van der Goes suffered greatly from depression and in 1481, had a mental breakdown. Though he recovered from this breakdown, he died the following year of unknown causes.

Mary Magdelaine

Mary Magdelaine

The only painting by van der Goes that is securely documented is a large triptych of the Nativity, famously known as the Portinari Altarpiece in Florence. This piece shows his influence by the Italian Renaissance masters, as well as his talent with oil paints and ornamental detail.

The Portinari Altar

The Portinari Altar

His last work is generally thought to have been "Death of the Virgin," which art critics call a beautiful a poignant piece, despite the torment that the artist was undoubtedly feeling at the time.

Death Of The Virgin

Death Of The Virgin

Van der Goes did not sign any of his work, as was typical of painters during his era, and most of his surviving works are merely attributed to him. Though it would be very rare to find one of his oil painting today, it is always possible, and it is certainly possible that one of his sketches may surface.

Pen And Ink Sketch

Pen And Ink Sketch

Today, Van der Goes work is housed in public and private collections all over Europe, and perhaps in your own home. Still wondering about a 15th century sketch or religious painting in your family estate? Contact us...it could be by Hugo van der Goes.