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The date of van Eyck's birth is not known but probably he was born in Maaseik, Burgundian Netherlands (actually Belgium).
His nationality was Flemish and his movement was therenaissance. About 25 paintings have been attributed (atribiuret) to him and he was influenced by his brother Hubert Van Eyck.

Jan van Eyck produced paintings for private (praivat)clients in addition to his work at the court. Foremost among these is the Ghent Altarpiece (guent altarpis) painted for Jodocus Vijdts (baichits) and his wife Elisabeth Borluut (biurluit). Startedsometime before 1426 and completed, at least partially, by 1432, this polyptych has been seen to represent "the final conquest of reality in the North", differing from the great works of the EarlyRenaissance in Italy by virtue(virchu) of its willingness to forgo classical idealization in favor of the faithful observation of nature.

In the most substantial early source on him, a 1454 biography bythe Genoese (yinos) humanist Bartolomeo Facio, Jan van Eyck was named "the leading painter" of his day. Facio places him among the best artists of the early 15th century.


His works includetwo remarkable commemorative panels, the Madonna with Chancellor Rolin and the Madonna with canon Joris van der Paele (pil), some other religious paintings, notably (norably) the Annunciation and anumber of exceptionally haunting portraits, including that of his wife, Margareta, and what is believed to be his self-portrait, Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban

For me his most important work isthe Madonna of Chancellor Rolin.
The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin is an oil painting by the Early Netherlandish master Jan van Eyck, dating from around 1435. It’s on display in the Musée du Louvre,Paris.
The work was commissioned (comishonet) by the energetic Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duchy of Burgundy, whose portrait takes up the left side of the picture, for his parish church,...
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