International tour de force
To make Jan van Eyck’s revolution tangible, the MSK brought his art together with studio work, copies of disappeared works, and more than 100 paintings, miniatures, sculptures and drawings by his greatest followers and contemporaries. To show them at their best, the museum spread them over no fewer than 13 halls. Never before could you come closer to the master, his genius, and his legacy.
More than 100 international loans
Sounding names like the Vatican Museums, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome, the National Gallery in Washington and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles were among the many collections that contributed to the exhibition. Click here for the complete overview of all the partners.
Many top works travelled to Belgium for the first time or were shown together for the first time. Series such as the 12 apostles from Van Eyck’s studio had never before been seen integrally outside of Vienna. The images of the Rimini Altar from Frankfurt, highlights of medieval alabaster art, stood alongside Van Eyck’s painted counterparts for the first time. Other absolute highlights were the masters of the early Italian Renaissance, such as Fra Angelico or Benozzo Gozzoli, who rarely stand next to their Flemish counterpart. And finally there were the artists who were inspired by Van Eyck from the sixteenth century.