1. Intro

A very warm welcome to the exhibition, the largest one ever on Jan van Eyck and his work! Van Eyck definitively changed the western art of painting. In the 1420s and 1430s, he caused a true optical revolution. Please enjoy here the blow-ups of details from “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, Van Eycks masterpiece. Throughout the exhibition you will discover more than ten paintings by Van Eyck, of the twenty or so that are preserved. You will also encounter the exterior panels of his Ghent Altarpiece, comprising of the eight panels that you can see when the polyptych is closed. Two of the famous interior panels are also here: the ones with Adam and Eve. We have dispensed them over the entire exhibition exactly . All of the exterior panels have been recently restored. They are truly radiant again with their bright colours. During the restoration, researchers also made new discoveries, such as minute details as well as how precisely Van Eyck painted almost tangible textures… After the exhibition, the panels will return to Saint Bavo’s Cathedral here in Ghent. And, finally, we confront Jan van Eyck with his contemporaries, primarily painters from Italy and the Low Countries. We are showing panels from his closest colleagues as well as copies after Van Eyck. Shortly, you will discover through the ages the world he lived in and how many people admired him. This audio-guide tells the whole story. Sometimes we shall direct you to a wall text for more information. And, naturally, there is a catalogue for the exhibition. You can purchase it in our shop. We wish you great viewing and lots of listening pleasure!

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Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

On February 1st 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent opened the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition in history: 'Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution'. Half of his oeuvre travelled to Ghent, where it was brought together with work from Van Eyck's studio, copies of paintings that have since disappeared and more than 100 masterpieces from the late Middle Ages. Due to the precautions taken against the further spread of COVID-19, the internationally acclaimed exhibition is unfortunately currently closed. Therefore, we would like to make the audio guide belonging to the exhibition available online. In this way the listener can still get a little closer to the work of the master. Have fun listening!


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