About the artist
Jan Van Eyck (1390-1441) was a Flemish painter and one of the most significant Northern European artists of the 15th century. He was a master of oil painting and is credited with the invention of the painting technique known as oil glazing. He was a court painter for Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and was highly influential in the development of Early Netherlandish painting. He was also a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in Lille and Bruges. Van Eyck was a devout Catholic and his works often contain religious symbolism. Also associated with: Flemish Primitives, oil glazing, Philip the Good, Guild of Saint Luke, Early Netherlandish painting, religious symbolism.