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Oct 27, 2009

Jan van Eyck - early netherlandish art

Early Netherlandish painting (also known as Northern renaissance) was a new style that emerged during the 15th and early 16th century. The new painting style shared characteristics of both Medieval (Late Gothic) artistic heritage in northern Europe and early Renaissance ideals. The painting subjects were mostly iconic religious scenes or small portraits and made significant advances in illusionism due to the complex of the identification, description, and the interpretation of the content of images.

Jan van Eyck (c.1395-1441) is considered one of the best Northern European painters and was named "the leading painter" of his day. Van Eyck was the fist to use the qualities of oil in different and innovative ways, creating layers of shiny glazes in his paintings. His techniques made easy to preserve the intensity of the colors as well as to capture the details of the objects in his artwork.

I am an admirer of the art of the Northern renaissance painters (there is a previous post on Hieronymus Bosch) - I think they developed unique aesthetics in their depiction of reality through the transition from the ideals of the medieval tradition to a new-detailed way of observing nature.

Some of Jan Van Eyck's paintings:

Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, 1435

Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, (fragment)

Portrait of Margaretha van Eyck, 1439

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, 1432 (polyptych)

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (fragment)

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
Adam and Eve

Portrait of a Man in a Turban, 1433

Portrait of Jan de Leeuw, 1436

Man in a Blue Turban, 1430-1433

Madonna and Child, 1433

The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434

The Arnolfini Portrait (fragment)

The Arnolfini Portrait (fragment)

St. Barbara, 1437

Saint Jerome in His Study, c. 1435

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