Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck  (before 1390 – July 9, 1441) was a painter active in Bruges who was one of the early innovators of what became known as Early Netherlandish painting.

Arnolfini Portrait


van Eyck must have been born before 1395, for in October 1422 he is recorded as the varlet de chambre et peintre (“honorary equerry and painter”) of John of Bavaria, count of Holland.

Man in a Red Turban


van Eyck was one of the most significant representatives of Early Northern Renaissance art who perfected the newly developed technique of oil painting.

Portrait of a Man with a Blue Chaperon


His naturalistic panel paintings, mostly portraits and religious subjects, made extensive use of disguised religious symbols.

Lucca Madonna


His artistic prestige rests partly on his unrivaled skill in pictorial illusionism.

Ghent Altarpiece


Securely attributed paintings survive only from the last decade of van Eyck career; therefore, his artistic origins and early development must be deduced from his mature work. 

Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata


The artist’s paintings achieved an astonishingly sophisticated level of realism, heretofore unknown in the art of painting.

Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele


Glimmering jewels, reflective metals, lush satins and velvets, and even human flesh were each rendered with their own distinctive qualities with such a high degree of naturalism it seemed he had conjured a new artistic medium.

Portrait of Margaret van Eyck


More of Jan van Eyck‘s amazing oil paintings can be found at and




2 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Jan van Eyck

  1. You know — when I looked at his paintings, really looked — the oil colors are so bright, the details so intense, that I’m humbled. After all, he did use paints from the early 1400s….!


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