Jan van Eyck

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  • Year of birth: 1395
  • Date of death: 1441
  • Country: Holland


The Dutch painter Jan van Eyck was very famous in his time. He was born between 1390-1400. in Maaseik. No other information from the infant and youthful life of an artist virtually unknown.

Entering the service of the king of Holland, in 1422 – John of Bavaria, van Eyck worked in the Palace in the Hague.

From 1425 to 1429. he worked for Duke Philip the Good. Performed various artwork, and even some diplomatic missions. The Duke appreciated van Eyck, and considered it a cultural and educated man.

A lot of debate occurs around the artist’s paintings. As Jan van Eyck studied with his brother – Hubert, some of the paintings they draw together and some separately. There are a huge number of paintings which the author never revealed.

In 1431 Jan van Eyck moved to Bruges, where he became a painter of the city. One of the most famous paintings of van Eyck is the “Ghent altarpiece,” which he started his brother, but he died in 1426, and Jan continued and completed this work.

Van Eyck has created a series of paintings dedicated to the Madonna, and was a true master of the portrait. Many of his paintings presented on our website with a detailed description, and creation date.

Died van Eyck in 1441 in Bruges.