This work, a Flemish top piece, is thought to have been painted by Goossen van der Weyden. In 1492, he settled in Lier where he headed a successful studio and provided various works for the church of St Gummarus. He painted this triptych depicting the marriage of Joseph and Mary in a church interior for the chapel of the noble Colibrant family. Van der Weyden’s work shows influences from both his more famous grandfather Rogier Van der Weyden and from contemporaries like Quentin Matsys and Gerard David.
Work on this church started in 1378 and would last around 200 years, enlisting the help of several famous architects and incorporating an eclectic mix of gothic, baroque and rococo styles. The church was the backdrop for the marriage of Philip I of Castile (Philip the Handsome) to Joanna of Castile in 1496. Especially the stained glass windows are impressive. As is the 80m St Gummarus tower, locally called the ‘pepper pot’, which houses a unique 18th-century carillon of 52 bells.