Masterpieces by Van Eyck

Worldwide there only about twenty works by the Flemish master Jan van Eyck are known. At least half of them will travel to the MSK in 2020. Get closer to Van Eyck’s mastery than ever, and admire the revolutionary gaze and genius of the master in detail. ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’ will be an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Masterpieces by Jan van Eyck

The eight restored exterior panels of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ – commonly knwon as The Ghent Altarpiece – plus the interior panels with Adam and Eve, are central to the exhibition. Not since 1902 were parts of this masterpiece displayed outside of St Bavo’s Cathedral. Moreover, they will never leave the cathedral after 2020. The exhibition is therefore the only and last chance to admire this highly exceptional loan in a wider context and up close. The other parts of the Mystic Lamb will remain on display in St Bavo’s Cathedral in 2020.

In addition, the MSK can announce no fewer than eleven other panel paintings and an illustrated “book of hours” by Van Eyck that can be seen in Ghent from 1 February 2020: more than ever in one place. The works belong to collections in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Masterpieces from Van Eyck’s workshop

In addition to this impressive list of works by the master himself, the exhibition also shows nine works from Van Eyck’s studio. Some were made with close input by Van Eyck, others were made by studio staff during or shortly after his death. The list includes the last Van Eyck that is still kept in a private collection, and the 12 apostles from the Albertina in Vienna. This is the first time that the latter series has been shown in its entirety outside of Austria.

These works by Jan van Eyck and workshop will be shown in Ghent:

  • Jan van Eyck and workshop, The Madonna at the Fountain, c. 1440 (Private Collection)
  • Jan van Eyck and workshop, The Crucifixion, c. 1430 (Gemäldegalerie der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin)
  • Jan van Eyck and workshop, The Crucifixion, c. 1445 (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam)
  • Jan van Eyck (workshop), The Three Marys at the Tomb, c. 1440 (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam)
  • Jan van Eyck (workshop), St Jerome in his Study, c. 1442 (Detroit Institute of Art)
  • Jan van Eyck (workshop), The Crucifixion, c. 1445 (Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Venezia)
  • Jan van Eyck (workshop), The Twelve Apostles, c. 1445 (Grafische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna)
  • Jan van Eyck (workshop), Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist, c. 1440 (Musée du Louvre, Paris)
  • Jan van Eyck (workshop), Portrait of a Man with a Chaperon, fifteenth century (Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques, Paris)