Jan van Eyck

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Jan van Eyck painted both secular and religious subject matter, including commissioned portraits, donor portraits and both large and portable altarpieces. He worked on panel, either as single panels, diptych, triptychs, or polyptychs. His work comes from the International Gothic style, but he soon eclipsed it, in part through a greater emphasis on naturalism and realism. Van Eyck utilised a new level of virtuosity, mainly through the use of oil as a medium; the fact that oil dries so slowly allowed him more time and more scope for blending and mixing layers of different pigments. He was highly influential and his techniques and style were quickly adopted and refined by Robert Campin and Rogier van der Weyden and later generations of Early Netherlandish painters.
Apart from the Ghent Altarpiece, about 20 surviving paintings are confidently attributed to him, all dated between 1432 and 1439. Ten, including the Ghent altarpiece are dated and signed with a variation of his motto "Als ich can” (As I (Eyck) can).

6 videos

  • The Three Mary's at the Tomb

    Learn everything about the painting The Three Mary's at the Tomb, attributed to Jan van Eyck. From the place where it originated to the restoration, you can see it all here.

  • The Road to Van Eyck

    Follow the life of painter Jan van Eyck. Discover what makes his paintings so special.

  • Herman Pleij: The Road to Van Eyck

    In this video Hhttp://www.arttube.nl/admin/videos/427/edit?lan=enerman Pleij (emeritus professor of historical Dutch Literature) places the work of Jan van Eyck in a broader social context.

  • Everything about this painting is strange!

    Have a behind the scenes look and see how the painting 'The Three Marys at the Tomb' is restored.

  • Biography of a Drawing

    A spectacular discovery: A masterpiece of early Netherlandish drawing was bought on an auction for only 10 Gulden!

  • Layer by Layer

    A medieval artist built up his panel painting in various layers. This video shows the process step by step.