About this artwork

This figure has been widely identiefied as God the Father overseeing the story of the Salvation. All the same there are persuasive arguments to the effect that the figure is in fact that of Christ. The issue will nevertheless have to remain open. Some scholars believe that Van Eyck deliberately blended aspects of the Father and the Son. Another possible explanation is that Van Eyck wanted to present the figure of 'God' in his Trinitarian unity as Father Son and Holy Spirit all at once.

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

More artworks