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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

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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) presents seven hundred years of art history in an extraordinary 19th-century setting. The oldest pieces in the collection, four unique panels by Simone Martini, date from the 14th century, the most recent are from the 1970s.

The KMSKA holds work by, among others, the Flemish Primitives, Peter Paul Rubens, Rik Wouters and James Ensor. In addition to its collection of Southern Netherlandish art, the museum also possesses some notable foreign treasures.

This wonderful international mix of old and modern art is the result of several centuries of intensive collecting, first by the Guild of St Luke, then by the Academy and finally by the Museum.

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