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Jan van Eyck, c.1432. Ghent Altarpiece. Opened view of the polyptych. Commissioned by the wealthy merchant and financier Joost Vijdt for his and his wife's private chapel, it was begun by Hubert van Eyck, who died in 1426, and completed by his younger brother Jan van Eyck. The altarpiece shows a transition in art from the Classical tradition to an exacting observation of nature. The altarpiece consists of a total of 24 compartmented scenes, which make up two views, open and closed,

The Virgin Mary ~ one of 24 compartmental scenes on The Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. Considered a world-class masterpiece. The work was begun by Hubert van Eyck and upon his death in 1426 it was completed by his brother Jan van Ecyk - completed in 1432.----------So beautiful.


This is the top, center panel of the Ghent Altarpiece painted by Jan Van Eyck. The whole Ghent Altarpiece consists of 12 panels.


HUBERT and JAN VAN EYCK: The Ghent Altarpiece (wings closed), 1432, Oil on wood, 350 x 223 cm, Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent. The realism of the figures of Adam and Eve at the far right and left on the open altarpiece struck contemporary viewers forcefully, and this style continues on the outside of the panels when the altarpiece is closed.


Hubert and Jan van EYCK / The Ghent Altarpiece with wings open (upper section) / Angels Playing Music (detail) 1426-27 Oil on wood Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent

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