In what promises to be an unmissable, from the 1st of February to the 30th of April 2020, the world of Van Eyck and his revolutionary gaze will be brought to life like never before.
Worldwide, only approximately twenty works by Van Eyck have been preserved. Quite exceptionally, over half of these will travel to Ghent in 2020 for the exhibition ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’ at the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) making it the biggest Jan van Eyck's exhibition ever seen.
These works are being brought together in Ghent with work from Van Eyck’s studio, copies of paintings that have gone missing over time and more than 100 masterpieces from the late Middle Ages. The eight restored exterior panels from The Ghent Altarpiece will stand at the centre of the exhibition. In order to make Van Eyck’s revolution tangible, MSK is placing his works alongside those of his most talented contemporaries. Various paintings from international top collections are coming to Belgium for the first time, or shall be exhibited for the first time together.
Fig 1. Van Eyck, Portrait of a Man With a Blue Chaperon, 1428-30