About this artwork

The donors of this masterpiece were also fiven a welldeserved place in the lower register. Jan van Eyck was an exceptionally talented protrait painter remarkable for the way he venver flattered his sitters but captured them with an unflinching psychological gaze. The figures of Jodocus Vyd and Elizabeth Borluut are no exception. Kneeling in prayer they are dressed in plain but expensive cloth. Six centuries later they piously watch over this marvellous work that the world owes to their generosity.

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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