Top 3 Masterpieces
Jan van Eyck was a pivotal figure in the painting revolution in the early part of the 15th century. The Flemish Master was one of the pioneers in oil painting. Magnum opus The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, made especially for Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, holds forever a place in the history books. Not only for its outstanding quality and detail, but also because it’s one of the most stolen works or art of all time. The history of the masterpiece reads like a thriller, yet there’s more to van Eyck than this bit of sensation. You can find out all about it in the whole of Flanders, the ground where van Eyck lived, loved and worked. These three masterpieces are a testimony to his extraordinary talent.
The Ghent Altarpiece
The van Eyck brothers painted this unique altarpiece in 1432. It is the culmination of the style of the Flemish Primitives and a milestone in art history. Nowadays it is on display where it belongs, in Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. Albeit with a reproduction of the panel of 'The Just Judges' replacing the original, which was stolen in 1934.
The Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child with Canon Joris van der Paele is one of the most famous works by Jan van Eyck. The painting is still in its original frame. There are various inscriptions on the frame, including the artist’s signature.
Portrait of Margareta van Eyck
The inscription on the original, marbled frame allows us to identify this woman as the painter’s wife, Margaret van Eyck. The painting stands out because of the difference in scale between the torso and the head.