Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Portrait of Baudouin De Lannoy Jan Van Eyck

Some artists work hard to become experts but there are just some whom we might as well believe to be born with the right amount of creativity to stand out. It is typical to hear life stories of artists being rejected for their style but at least came out famous in the later part of their endeavor. As you read on, you will learn about Jan van Eyck and how he immediately capture a great audience even in the onset of his career.

One of the strange facts about Jan van Eyck is that he had no proper documentation as to his place of birth and even the exact date. Most people suggest 1935 to be the latest date of his birth. This artist was easily recognized first because f his expertise on using color. He is adept in capturing the glow of expensive fabrics in his artwork. Many even agree that not one had the ability to work with colors that magically until he emerged.

Jan van Eyck is considered as "the leading painter" during his time in the 15th century. He was in line with other prominent painters like Rogier van der Weyden, Pisanello, and Gentile da Fabriano. According to Facio, he was a knowledgeable man particularly an expert in the classics. It was also known that Jan van Eyck had learned Latin because of his frequent missions out of the country as a representative of their Duke.

Being a connoisseur in painting, Jan van Eyck was able to produce several successful artworks. One piece which impressed quite an audience was the portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy which was completed on 1435. The subject of the painting is a knight of the Golden Fleece which used Northern Renaissance style through oil and wood.

The portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy featured the knight himself with a necklace exclusively worn by members of the Golden Fleece. Also, the subject held a staff on his right hand which indicates his membership in the Duke's court of Burgundy. Married to Adrienne de Berlaymont with a son, Baudouin, received his role on 1430 under Philippe le Bon, duc de Bourgogne, premier chef et souverain de la maison de Bourgogne. Based on records, Baudouin died in 1474.

Apart from the portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy, Jan van Eyck has contributed other successful paintings including The Ghent altarpiece, The Adoration of the Lamb, The Arnolfini Marriage.