The Ghent Altarpiece: The Knights of Christ

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Knights of Christ

By
Jan Van Eyck

About this artwork

The knights of Christ were people who took up the sword in the name of Christ according to the medieval chivalric ideal.There are several sovereigns among this group - possibly the leaders of the crusades. Some have been identified though never conclusively as Louis IX (St Louis) godfrey of Bouillon and Charlemagne.

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 Knights of Christ
Photo number
PLGRidders20200115_0092
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Knights of Christ
Photo number
PLGRidders20200115_0092
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Knights of Christ
Photo number
PLGRidders20200115_0092
Inventory number
426