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Online Museum Talk: The Making of "Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution" at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

Wednesday 14 October 2020
Museum Talks at the Leiden Department of Art History

The Department of Art History Leiden cordially invites you to the Online Museum Talk of Maximiliaan Martens, Professor at Ghent University.

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent organized the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition ever. Only about twenty works of the Flemish master have been preserved worldwide. At least half of them traveled to the museum to show how Van Eyck had started an optical revolution in his time. Van Eyck inspired generations of painters by greatly improving oil painting technique. Moreover, his meticulous observation of reality among others show a deep-rooted interest in the painting of light. Max Martens was the driving force behind the exhibition and the central ideas behind it. Although due to the corona-crisis it had to close earlier than planned, it still was a huge success with the Wall Street Journal praising it as follows: “So unlikely to be repeated that the museum might as well use ‘now or never’”.

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Please register via this link. You will then receive the link to join the online lecture on October 14.

Copyright MSK Gent, photo David Levene

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