Jan van Eyck

By Kendi Barnard

Jan Van Eyck

Jan van Eyck was born in 1390 in Maastricht, Netherlands. Eyck was a masterful artist that spent most of his life Lille. He married Margaretha van Eyck and had two children. His first documented and relevant piece was the Ghent Altarpiece. His first job was at The Hague and was hired to help decorate his employer's castle. Later he became the valet de chambre to Duke Phillip the Good of Burgundy. Him and the Duke were close and the Duke many times gave him money and opportunities and visited his art shop personally. It was easy to tell that the Duke and Eyck were close friends because even after Eyck's death the Duke consistently gave money to Eyck's wife and children. When painting, Jan Eyck was very meticulous and made every single detail perfect. He also made art that focus on the physical world. Eyck mainly focused on paintings and tried to portray the picture in as much detail as possible. Some of these pieces include the Madonna and Child with Saints Michael and Catherine, the Portrait of Cardinal Albergati and the Portrait of Margaretha van Eyck. Some of his patrons included John of Bavaria, Bishop of Liege, and most obviously Duke Phillip. He mostly had few isms that applied to him. These include perspective because he used skills to make his artwork have more depth, and naturalism because he put so much detail and shadows into his artwork.

Madonna Adored by the Canonicus Van der Paele

This piece is called the Madona Adored by the Canonicus Van der Paele. This painting was created in 1436. This piece is located in a museum and has been published in many books. This piece is important because it has so much detail like his other pieces. Also, it shows god in the real world and how they appear in the world. The piece is a masterful creation that is very deep in reality. It shows "god" in the midst of real people. And godly people in the natural and real world. It has exquisite detail. It so clearly shows their clothing and detail in their face. The ism that is most closley related would be naturalism due to the great detail. I find it interesting because it is amazing how detailed it is. You also might be able to see this in a museum.

Works cited

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

Web. 4 Dec. 2015.

Jan van Eyck Giovanni Arnolfini 1st half 15th century




Jan van Eyck Madonna Adored by the Canonicus Van der Paele 1436

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