The Ghent Altarpiece: The Hermits

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Hermits

By
Jan Van Eyck

About this artwork

To the right of the central panel we find those who turned their backs on worldly pleasure in order to serve Christ. We begin with the hermits who re joined in the background by the penitent Mary Magdalene (holding her ointment jar) and a companion.

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
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Hermits
Photo number
LGPKluizenaars20200115_0102
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Hermits
Photo number
LGPKluizenaars20200115_0102
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Hermits
Photo number
LGPKluizenaars20200115_0102
Inventory number
426