Jan Van Eyck: The 1st of the Renaissance

Born in Maaseik between 1380-1395, Jan van Eyck created 25 paintings, a surprisingly low number for a long career.  All of them are dated between 1432 through 1439.   He signed only ten of his works.  He signed the the Ghent altarpiece, for example, with the date and a variation of his motto, ALS IK KAN … Continue reading Jan Van Eyck: The 1st of the Renaissance

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Symbolism in Art: More than a Glance

Symbols are all around us.  They cover our flags, our countries, our conversation, and our art.  However, in the business of life, what symbols have we never noticed?  The Arnolfini Wedding by Jan van Eyck and Saint Jerome in his Study by Albrecht Durer hide symbolism throughout the layers of paint.  Three layers of the concept … Continue reading Symbolism in Art: More than a Glance