The Ghent Altarpiece: The Pilgrims

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Pilgrims

By
Jan Van Eyck

About this artwork

This panel is devoted to the pilgrims who were an important feature of medieval religiosity. They are led by St Christopher the patron saint of pilgrims and travellers and according to his legend a giant. At his side stands a pilgrim wearing badges from the three great pilgrimages - Compostela Rome and Jerusalem. He might be Jodocus patron saint of the donor. the background is that of a beautiful Mediterranean landscape which is one of the altarpiece's greatest glories.

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 Pilgrims
Photo number
LGPPelgrims20200115_0111
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Pilgrims
Photo number
LGPPelgrims20200115_0111
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: The Pilgrims
Photo number
LGPPelgrims20200115_0111
Inventory number
426