This work from around 1460, which consists of three panels in 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 Early Netherlandish painter Rogier van der Weyden.
Baron Charles van Caloen had Loppem Castle, Belgium’s only one to be still original inside and out, built around 1860, 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 de facto headquarters of the Belgian army towards the end of WWI in 1918 as King Albert I and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium stayed at the castle. The building is not only worth a look inside, the English landscaped gardens and 19th-century maze are definitely worth a visit too!