Jan van Eyck

Northern Renaissance Artist


Birthplace: Maaleik, Netherlands

Birthday: Around 1380 (not officially documented)

Home: Spent his life in Netherlands where he painted in the court of Philip the Good, and made portraits for other patrons.

Education: Latin, Greek, Hebrew (not documented where)

Lifestyle: born into gentry class, devoted to his work, more educated than most artists, religious

Type of Art/ Name of Pieces: made paintings, represented "the final conquest of reality in the North" and also created many religious works and portraits, most famous pieces are "Ghent Altarpiece", "Crucifixion", "Virgin of Canon van der Paele" and other pieces showing the Virgin Mary.

Patrons: Philip the Good, Jodocus Vijdts, Jorin van der Paele

Isms: humanism, he showed human perfection on his portraits, secularism because he made many paintings of the Virgin Mary.

"Ghent Altarpiece"

Created: 1430-1432

Where It Can Be Seen: Saint Bavo Cathedral in Gent, Belgium

Significance: the defining monument of the "new realism" in the northern renaissance

Own Words: very religious, people praying on the bottom, I think a lot of the panels are showing Jesus or Mary

Ism: secularism because it is a very religious painting

Interesting Aspects: the panels are different you do not see that a lot, also nature plays a big part in the painting, brother Hubert helped before his death

Link: Ghent Altarpiece

Works Cited

"Jan Van Eyck." Metmuseum.org. Metropolitan Museum, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.


"Jan Van Eyck." Library.artstor.org. Artstor.org, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2015. <http://library.artstor.org/library/#3|search|1|jan20van20eyck|Multiple20Collection20Search|||type3D3126kw3Djan20van20eyck26id3Dall26name3DAll20Collections26origKW3D>.

"The Ghent Altarpiece." Getty.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2015. <http://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/panelpaintings/panel_paintings_ghent.html>.