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

Jan van Eyck (ca 1390 – 9 July 1441) was an Early Netherlandish painter active in Bruges and one of the most significant Northern Renaissance artists of the 15th century.

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The revolution that Jan van Eyck released on painting between 1422 and 1441 did not fall out of the blue. From 1380, artists started looking at the reality surrounding them and tried to incorporate what they saw into their works, interweaving it with traditional religious depictions.

In this video, curators Friso Lammertse (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam) and Stephan Kermperdick (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin), give an introduction to the exhibition The Road to Van Eyck. They discuss the innovations achieved by Jan van Eyck and sketch a picture of the art world during his formative years. The magnificent objects in gold and enamel, leather, wood, alabaster or oil paint on panel which the young Jan van Eyck saw, must have encouraged him to unleash his revolution.

Video credits

  • This video was made on the occasion of the exhibition The Road to Van Eyck, on show in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from October 13, 2012 till February 10, 2013
  • Direction: Els Hoek 
  • Camera & editing: Wouter Schreuder 
  • Animation: Wouter Schreuder 
  • Music & sound effects: Vincent Beijer & Arthur Bont
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