The Painter As Hero or Heretic? Jan Van Eyck

by Helmut Eder

Jan Van Eyck was a Flemish painter during the Northern Renaissance. The exact date and location of his birth are uncertain but it is assumed he was born around the year 1390.* He used oil and canvas to create exceedingly precise and realistic paintings unlike the decorative, unrealistic Gothic style prominent preceding his time. But the haunting question remains: Was Van Eyck a Christian hero or heretic?

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