Jan van Eyck – Renaissance Realist

Jan van Eyck (c. 1395 – 1441) was a Flemish painter considered to be one of the best Northern European painters of the 15th century. Because of his effective use of glazes, wet-on-wet, and other techniques, he was known as the father of oil painting. For much of his life he served as a painter and valet de chambre to Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy. Jan van Eyck produced paintings for both private clients as well as for the court. Among his most famous works is the Ghent Altarpiece, a polyptych containing many works included in our pattern set. Other paintings included are Arnolfini Portrait, Annunciation, the Stygmata of St. Francis, Portrait of a Goldsmith, Portrait of a Young Man, Portrait of a Man in a Turban, Portrait of a Man with Carnation, Portrait of Margareta van Eyck, and Portrait of Jan de Leeuw.

Patterns Included In This Set

Portrait of a Man in a Turban

The Arnolfini Portrait


The Madonna with Canon van der Paele (detail)


Last Judgement

Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini

Stigmatization of St. Francis

Portrait of a Goldsmith

Portrait of Cardinal Niccolo Albergati

Portrait of a Man with Carnation

Portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy

Portrait of Jan de Leeuw

Portrait of Margareta van Eyck

Portrait of Christ

The Ghent Altarpiece: Adam

The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary

The Ghent Altarpiece: God Almight

The Ghent Altarpiece: St. John the Baptist

The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve

The Ghent Altarpiece: Singing Angels

The Ghent Altarpiece: Mary of the Annunciation

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Just Judges

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Soldiers of Christ

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Holy Hermits

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Holy Pilgrims

The Ghent Altarpiece: Prophet Zechariah and Angel

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Donor

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Donor’s Wife

The Ghent Altarpiece: Angels Playing Music

Suckling Madonna Enthrounded

The Birth of John the Baptist

Portrait of a Young man