Friday, August 5, 2011

Eyck, Hubert van

The Three Marys at the Tomb
Oil on wood
71,5 x 89 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Hubert van Eyck (c. 1385–90 – 1426).
Flemish painter and older brother of Jan van Eyck.
He became court painter to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, settling in Ghent by c. 1420. Shortly afterwards, he began his only surviving documented work, the Ghent Altarpiece in the Saint Bavo Cathedral. However the painting was not finished until six years after his death, in 1432, so the degree to which the surviving altarpiece reflects his work, rather than that of Jan who took it over, remains much discussed.