The Ghent Altar, Polyptych with the Adoration of the Mystical Lamb, 1432
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Vijd, Jodocus (Joos), Alderman of the Flemish town of Ghent (1395/96; last time in 1430/31) and mayor (1433/34); donor of the so-called “Ghent Altar”; died Ghent 1439. – Donor portrait. (r.: John t. Baptist) Ghent altar (exterior, below left), finished 1432; by Jan van Eyck (c. 1390–1441); on wood. Ghent, S.Bavo.
The Ghent Altarpiece (Adoration of the Mystic Lamb), 1432, open state Hubert van Eyck (Netherlandish, died 1426) and Jan van Eyck (Netherlandish, 1390/1400–1441) Oil on panel Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent, Belgium
Ghent Altarpiece Closed. It was kept closed most of the time and opened on Sundays and Feast days. Made by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, it was completed by Jan alone possibly due to the death of his brother Hubert. This was part of the Flemish Northern Renaissance movement and you can see a good deal of difference between this style of art and the International Gothic which was all the rage at the time. Realism is very prominent in this piece as is the heavy use of symbolism. I never realized…