About this artwork

Another group of Christians emerges from the bushes in the left background of the panel. We find the same hierarchical order once again: popes cardinals bishops priests and monks. Although they hold palms of victory they are not dressed in red. These are not martyrs therefore but confessors; saints who did not die a martyr's death.

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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