The Dresden Triptych was painted by Jan van Eyck in 1437, and was assumed to be part of the Giustiniani collection in the late fifteenth century (not related to my favorite art collector, Vincenzo, who owned some pretty prominent Caravaggio works. We don’t know the original donor, but since scholarship has proven that the coat of arms on the interior panels was that of the Giustiniani of Genoa family, we can go ahead and assume they were at once in possession of the work.

I mean, to be it’s like the Baroque equivalent of scratching your name into your desk in high school.

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