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Eyck, Jan van or Jean

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00060604
Eyck, Jan van or Jean

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Flemish School, 15th century, male.

Born c. 1390; died 9 July 1441, in Bruges.

Painter, miniaturist. Religious subjects, portraits.

Any discussion of Van Eyck is inevitably problematic, for the artist and his work have always been surrounded by controversy. Jan seems to have had a brother who was a painter and who is mentioned in one or two documents as having the name of Hubert. However, the documents concerned spell the name in several different ways and, while it has been established that Jan did indeed have a brother, his name was in fact Lambert. Hubert's existence was discovered in ...

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Subjects: Painting ; 17th-Century Art ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Religious Art ; Christian Art

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