Jan Van Eyck (ca 1390–1441) Belgium

Jan Van Eyck was a Flemish artist. He and his brother, Hubert Van Eyck, were considered to be the face of Flemish art. The first works connected to Van Eyck are illustrations in a prayer book from 1417. The prayer book was destroyed, but two pages were recovered from it in the early twentieth century.

Van Eyck created numerous large works that were commissioned by donors who then gave the pieces to churches, including the Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, and Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele. His most famous painting is probably the Arnolfini Portrait. The painting portrays the Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his young bride, Jeanne de Chenany in a clear, realistic manner, blended with a certain mystique that makes the painting difficult to interpret.

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