Van Eyck. An optical revolution
Often called the ‘Father of oil painting’, Northern Renaissance pioneer and Flemish Primitive Jan van Eyck was without a doubt one of the greatest painters of the western world. In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) pays tribute to his legacy with a collection of more than half of his works with the exhibition ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see an exceptional and rare collection of Van Eyck’s chefs d'oeuvre on display in one place.
Van Eyck. An optical revolution.
The great Jan van Eyck is probably best known for his masterpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, which he completed with his brother, Hubert. The 15th century polyptych is considered one of the most influential paintings ever made and is still on display in the exact place it was made for: St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. However, since 2012, certain panels have found a new, temporary home in the MSK, where a team of experts is patiently restoring the masterpiece.
In 2020, the restoration of this masterpiece will finally be completed. The completion will coincide with the opening of a new exhibition in the MSK. ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’ will bring together a substantial amount of the few remaining works by this unique artist. These art treasures will be shown alongside works of Van Eyck’s most talented peers. The exhibition will also be displaying the restored outer panels of the Ghent Altarpiece as a central point of interest.
‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’ will unravel the myths surrounding the artist and puts his technique, work and influences in a new perspective. This exhibition will awaken a sense of wonder among visitors, comparable to the feeling experienced by those who first laid eyes on his masterpieces many hundreds of years ago. This truly promises to be an unmissable experience.