This work, which consists of transparent and stained glass in grisaille and silver stain, has been attributed to a painter from Brussels. The unusual vertical rendering of the Lamentation of Christ depicts Mary supporting her dead son in the company of John. The stained glass fragment can for now, and with some reservation, be associated with a pupil of Flemish Primitive Rogier van der Weyden.
Baron Charles van Caloen had Loppem Castle, Belgium’s only one to be still original inside and out, built between 1859 and 1862, giving the neo-gothic style very much in vogue at the time some characteristically Flemish touches. The building would also play a major role in national history when it became the headquarters of the Belgian army in 1918. Even King Albert I and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium spent time at the estate! The castle is not only worth a look inside, the English landscaped gardens and 19th-century maze, which was laid out for the noble brood, are definitely worth a visit too.