Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

Master of Frankfurt (1460-1533)

God’s Need
De Nood Gods

A triptych that many major museums would only be too happy to include in their collection can be found in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Hemelvaartkerk in Watervliet. The painter remains an enigma. His name is not known with certainty, but he was one of the earliest significant painters originating from Antwerp.

Nood Gods, Meester van Frankfurt

Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

Hieronymus Lauwerijn, Lord of Watervliet and a leading official during the reign of Philip the Handsome, shortly after 1500 commissioned the building of this Gothic church, nicknamed ‘the Cathedral of the North’ because of its remarkable architecture and impressively opulent interior. It includes several masterpieces such as the marble Baroque main altar by Lucas Faydherbe and a work by the Baroque painter Daniel Seghers, another Rubens disciple.

God’s Need

This monumental triptych, a Flemish masterpiece, was created around 1520 for the main altar of the church. It is attributed to the Master of Frankfurt, an Antwerp painter who ran a thriving studio (and whose work can be found in Frankfurt, hence the pseudonym). The man looking at us, to the right of the centre panel, may well be the painter himself. He gained inspiration from the grand master Rogier van der Weyden and his Descent from the Cross in the Prado (Madrid). Christ carrying the cross is shown on the left, the Descent from the Cross in the middle and Christ rising from the tomb on the right. God’s Need refers to the grief suffered by Mary and others standing by the dead body of Jesus.

Practical information


Stee 10
9988 Sint-Laureins
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Opening hours

  • From 1 December to 28 February, open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs.

  • From 1 March to 30 November, open every day from 08.30 to 18.00 hrs.


  • Easy access for people with disabilities.

Good to know

  • Admission: free

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