Jan Van Eyck

c. 1390-1441 Flemish-Northern Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-Jan van Eyck was born in Maaseik, then known as Maaseyck from where his name originated. He had two brothers, Lambert and Hubert who were also painters. Hubert, who was older by twenty years, would have instructed Jan, and the two brothers worked on the Ghent altarpiece; however, Jan was to surpass Hubert in his talents. Hubert died in 1426.
In 1422, Jan van Eyck was in the employ of John of Bavaria. On the death of John in 1425, the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good engaged him as valet de chambre and painter to the Court. In 1427, he met Robert Campin and possibly Rogier van der Weyden at Tournai as a member of the Painter's Guild. Van Eyck undertook diplomatic journeys to Portugal, Spain and secret places for the Duke. He lived in Lille until 1429 when he moved to Bruges where he married and lived for the remainder of his life.
Giorgio Vasari stated it was Jan who discovered how to mix oil paint properly, and the Reverend Pilkington wrote that Jan found in 1410, that colours prepared with linseed or walnut oil, would retain their beauty and lustre without the use of varnish. However, scholars have since attributed the technique to both Hubert and Jan. On his death in 1441, they buried him in the churchyard of Saint Donatian and his brother Lambert had his remains moved into the baptistry a year later. Many works known to be by Jan van Eyck are in galleries throughout Europe.

 

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Arnolfinni's
Wedding

Giovanni Arnolfinni's Wedding

Detail
1

Detail one

Detail
2

Detail 2


Annunciation

 Annunciation


Madonna

Madonna with Chancellor Rolin

Last
Judgment

Last Judgment

Detail
1

Detail one

Detail
2

Detail two


Diptych

Diptych

A Goldsmith-Man
with Ring

A Goldsmith Man with Ring

A Young Man
Tymotheos

A Young Man Tymotheos

Cardinal N
Albergati

Cardinal Niccolo Albergati

Portrait
of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Giovanni
Arnolfini

Giovanni Arnolfini

Margreta
van Eyck

Margtareta van Eyck

Man with
Carnation

Mn with Carnation

Baudouin de
Lannoy

Baudouin de Lannoy

Jan de
Leeuw

Jan de Leeuw

Dresden
Triptych

Dresden Triptych


Exterior

Ghent Altarpiece Exterior

Ghent
Altarpiece

Ghent Altarpiece Interior

Adoration
of the Lamb

Ghent Alterpiece Adoration of the Lamb

Ghent Altarpiece
Knights of Christ

Ghent Altarpiece Knights of Christ

Madonna at
the Fountain

Madonna at the Fountain

Saint
Jerome

Saint Jerome

Portrait of
Christ

Portrait of Christ

Madonna with
the Carthusian

Madonna with the Carthusian

Madonna
in the Church

Madonna in the Church

Ther
Proclamation

Proclamation

Stigmatization of
Saint Francis

Stigmatization of Saint Francis

Suckling Madonna
Enthroned

Suckling Madonna Enthroned

Madonna with
Canon

Madonna with Canon van der Paele

The Three Marys
at the Tomb

The Three Marys at the Tomb