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Jan van Eyck or Johannes de Eyck (before c. 1395 - before July 9, 1441) was an Early Netherlandish painter active in Bruges and considered one of the best Northern European painters of the 15th century.

There is a common misconception, which dates back to the sixteenth-century Vite of the Tuscan artist and biographer Giorgio Vasari, that Jan van Eyck invented oil painting. It is however true that he achieved, or perfected, new and remarkable effects using this technique.

Jan van Eyck has often been linked as brother to painter and peer Hubert van Eyck, because both have been thought to originate from the same town, Maaseik in Limburg (Belgium). Another brother, Lambert van Eyck is mentioned in Burgundian court documents, and there is a conjecture that he too was a painter, and that he may have overseen the closing of Jan van Eyck's Bruges workshop. Another significant, and rather younger, painter who worked in Southern France, Barthelemy van Eyck, is presumed to be a relation. (From Wikipedia)

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Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife 1434 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife 1434
The Virgin Of Chancellor Rolin - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Virgin Of Chancellor Rolin
Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife (detail... - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife (detail...
Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (The Ghent Altarpiece) - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (The Ghent Altarpiece)
The Madonna of Canon van der Paele 1436 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Madonna of Canon van der Paele 1436
Man in a Turban 1433 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Man in a Turban 1433
The Crucifixion, The Last Judgment - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Crucifixion, The Last Judgment
The Ghent Altarpiece- Singing Angels (detail 1) 1427... - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Ghent Altarpiece- Singing Angels (detail 1) 1427...
The Ghent Altarpiece (wings open) 1432 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Ghent Altarpiece (wings open) 1432
The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (detail 3) 1435 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (detail 3) 1435
Madonna in the Church c. 1425 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Madonna in the Church c. 1425
Christ on the cross between Mary and John - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Christ on the cross between Mary and John
Small Triptych c. 1437 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Small Triptych c. 1437
The Madonna with Canon van der Paele (detail 3) 1436 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Madonna with Canon van der Paele (detail 3) 1436
Man in a Red Turban - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Man in a Red Turban
The Ghent Altarpiece- Virgin Mary (detail) 1426-29 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Ghent Altarpiece- Virgin Mary (detail) 1426-29
Madonna with the Child Reading 1433 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Madonna with the Child Reading 1433
The Madonna with Canon van der Paele - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Madonna with Canon van der Paele
St Jerome 1442 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
St Jerome 1442
The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (detail 2) 1435 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (detail 2) 1435
Last Judgment 1420-25 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Last Judgment 1420-25
Annunciation - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Annunciation
Crucifixion 1420-25 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Crucifixion 1420-25
Diptych 1420-25 - Jan Van Eyck - www.jan-van-eyck.org
Diptych 1420-25
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