About this artwork

The Holy spirit in the guise of a dove hovers above the scene its triple aureole casting its rays across the entire panel. The action takes place within this divine light. Buildings can be seen all along the horizon suggesting the new heavenly Jerusalem from the Book of Revelation. Most of the buildings are imaginary but one or two can be identified: the dark tower of Saint Nicholas in ghent with its needle spire on the far right in the group of buildings between the Lamb and the holy women.

About the artist

Jan van Eyck was born around 1400 in the Limburg town of Maaseik. Around 1432 he settled in Bruges. There he had, until his death in 1441, a studio with a large number of employees. Van Eyck's representation of light and its effects on the visible world represented a fundamental innovation in art. He was the first to succeed in convincingly evoking a tangible reality in painting.More about Jan Van Eyck

About the collection

In addition to the most important masterpiece of Flemish painting, the "Adoration of the Lamb of God" by the brothers Jan and Hubrecht Van Eyck, there are still many art treasures worth a visit.More about Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent

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