About this artwork

Van Eyck painted a group of heavenly singers on the left hand side of the three central figures. Although they do not have wings they are invariably identified as angels. Eight of them dressed in brocade copes stand around a lectern singing the polyphonic music that flourished at the Burgundian court in Van Eyck's period.

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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