Due to his iconic Ghent Altarpiece, the name of Van Eyck is easily linked to Ghent. His bond with Bruges is even stronger, though. The grand master set up his studio and lived most of his professional life there. The city’s Groeningemuseum, which focuses on the Flemish Primitives, possesses two of his works. The first is known as Portrait of Margareta van Eyck. This is, as the name suggests, a portrayal of Van Eyck’s wife Margareta. The second is his Madonna with Canon Joris van der Paele. It is Van Eyck’s largest work after the Ghent Altarpiece. As a sick old man, Van der Paele hoped to secure a place in heaven by having the greatest painter of his time depict his worship of the Virgin Mary. Two historic objects of exquisite artistry, in beautiful Bruges.