Hugo van der Goes ranks as one of the most important early Netherlandish painters. He was involved in the decoration of the town of Bruges, where the celebrations of the marriage between Charles the Bold and Margaret of York took place. In 1473 or 1474 he became the dean of the Ghent painter's guild. After that he entered the Roode Klooster ('Red Monastery') near Brussels, but did not abandon his painting. The altarpiece Portinari Triptych in Florence, Italy, was executed by him and is one of his most famous works.