Jan van Eyck
Jan van Eyck (Maaseik, c. 1390 - Brugge, July 9th 1441) was a major figure in the painting revolution taking place in the Low Countries during the early part of the 15th century. He was one of the main representatives of the Flemish Primitives, along with Rogier van der Weyden. Famous for his portraits of meticulous realism, Van Eyck is one of the first Flemish artists to have signed many of his works. With his precise observation and natural rendering of reality, his brilliant use of colours and mastery of oils, Van Eyck took painting to new heights. His most famous creation is the Ghent Altarpiece ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, made for Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent.
This makes that Jan van Eyck is mostly associated with Ghent. St. Bavo's Cathedral is one of the major tourist attractions of the city, along with the Castle of the Counts. And if you're interested in the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece, a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts is a must. Jan van Eyck is also closely related to Bruges, where he had his workshop and spent the majority of his life. An important place for seeing his work is the Groeninge Museum. It offers a varied overview of the history of Belgian visual arts and has a world-famous collection of the Flemish Primitives. And while you're exploring the city, don't forget to take a picture under his statue on the Jan van Eyck Square.