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The complete oeuvre of Jan van Eyck at the largest Van Eyck exhibition of all times.
As the painter of Burgundian duke Philip the Good, the flamboyant court and the rich inhabitants of cities like Bruges and Ghent, Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) was held in the highest esteem by his contemporaries. Van Eyck’s unequalled technique, his thorough scientific knowledge and his unique observation skills had a profound influence on the further development of visual arts. ‘Van Eyck. An optical illusion’, the catalogue for the largest Van Eyck exhibition of all times, which has the same name, tells the broader story of a revolutionary moment in western art history.
The spectacular results of the restoration campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece have provided us with a fresh perspective on the polyptych and the complete oeuvre of Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The restoration in the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent resulted in the largest Van Eyck exhibition of all times and in this publication.
This richly illustrated book portrays Van Eyck’s complete oeuvre, supplemented with more than a hundred masterpieces from the late Middle Ages, which demonstrate the influence of this true master on western art. By means of thirteen essays, the catalogue places Jan van Eyck’s oeuvre in its historical and artistic context, and connects his works with the other arts.
The book is available in Dutch, French, English and German.