Top Ten Paintings by Jan van Eyck

Top Ten Paintings by Jan van Eyck

       Jan van Eyck (1385 – 1441) was a 15th century Flemish painter and one of the first to popularize oil paint. Jan belonged to the Van Eyck family of painters and was a younger brother of Hubert van Eyck.

  1. The Last Judgment (1430)

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  2. The Crucifixion (1430)

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  3. The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (1435)

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  4. The Arnolfini Wedding (1434)

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  5. Adoration of the Lamb (1432)

    Like the 17th-century Dutch painter Vermeer, van Eyck takes us into the light, and makes us feel that we, too, belong there. Van Eyck’s meticulously detailed Adoration of the Lamb is part of a huge altarpiece; painted on both sites, it is the largest and most complex altarpiece produced in the Netherlands in the 15th century. This monumental work still hangs in its original setting, the Cathedral of St Bavo in Ghent, drawing the worshipper deeper and deeper into the sacred world it makes visible. There has been much debate over the parts the two van Eyck brothers, Jan and Hubert, played in the creation of the Ghent Altarpiece: whether Jan, about whom we have the most information, was mostly responsible, or whether it was Hubert, about whom we know almost nothing. For what it is worth, Hubert is given precedence in the inscription. It reads: “The painter Hubrecht Eyck, than whom none was greater, began this work, which his brother Jan, who was second to him in art, completed at the behest of Jodoc Vijdt…”
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  6. St. Barbara (1437)

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  7. Man in a Turban (1433)

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  8. Portrait of Christ (1440)

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  9. Madonna by the Fountain (1439)

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  10. Margaret van Eyck (1439)

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  11. Cardinal Niccolo Albergati (1438)

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