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Closer to Van Eyck

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St Bavo's Cathedral Online / Ghent / Art

In its assessment of Jan van Eyck, The Oxford Companion to Art declares that his “technical skill and great inventiveness established his fame throughout Europe as the greatest Netherlandish painter of the 15th century.” In February of this year, the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, in Ghent, opened an exhibition on Jan van Eyck that included over half of the approximately 20 works attributed to the artist, including the restored outer panels of The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (also known as the Ghent Alterpiece, c. 1432). A once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, it was sadly interrupted by the coronavirus. This website, however, can zoom you into the world and works of Van Eyck: the light, the space, the incomparably precise and seemingly infinite detail. —L.J.

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