Jan van Eyck

The isms of the Renaissance

About Jan van Eyck

Very little information is known about Jan van Eyck's birth date, the two thoughts of when he was born is either 1390 or 1400. He is thought to have been born in Maastricht, Netherlands. He spent most of his life in the Netherlands. He spend most of his life in Bruges, Netherlands, and was eventually buried there on July 9th, 1441. Van Eyck did a lot of his learning from his brothers, as they were both artists, and his first job was at The Hague, he was employed by John of Bavaria, who became his first patron. He was hired in 1422, but John of Bavaria passed away in 1425. So Van Eyck was forced to find another job. He soon began a long career under the Employment of a very wealthy man named Duke Phillip. Duke Phillip became the longtime friend and Patron of Van Eyck. He was given lots of gifts and other services by Duke Phillip which led to a very good lifestyle for him and his family.


Van Eyck was a painter who made works like; The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin, Man in a turban, and Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.

Isms that Influenced Van Eyck


Van Eyck's work often has a lot of detail in the people and backgrounds that he painted. It is clear that he went above and beyond to make his paintings look like real life.


Van Eyck's works such as the The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin, and Adoration of the Mystic Lamb show an immense amount of 3-D effect. The works use linear perspective to portray the 3-D effect.


Van Eyck often painted with people being the main focus of the painting, it focused on the human qualities as well as highlighting people's relation to the other people around them.

Works Cited

"Jan van Eyck." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context.

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"Jan Van Eyck: The Complete Works." Jan-van-eyck.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.