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Jan van Eyck: artist and ambassador Shirley Smith Wednesday 07 March 2018

Jan van Eyck is today renowned for the depth and luminosity of his paintings whether of the Virgin and Child, or the wealthy merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and the numerous men and women he met while working in the court of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. His ability to capture the gleam of the Virgin's crown or the reflective light of the Flemish landscape was largely due to his revolutionary techniques in his use of oil. However, he was not only a court artist but also a valued ambassador, sent by the Duke on numerous diplomatic errands. This lecture will study the paintings of van Eyck and of the people he painted both as works of art and as a reflection of the times in which he lived.