Flanders
In the 15th century, Flanders (an area that is today part of the Netherlands and Belgium) was ruled by the Dukes of Burgundy. The enormous wealth of the court of the Dukes and the wealth of the merchant class (in the thriving cities of Bruges and Tournai) made for a new interest in art that mimicked the material world, though in a way that was quite different from what was happening concurrently in Florence. Oil paint comes into its own in the work of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and we see how the artists of the North used it to create stunning illusions of fur, wood, wool, glass, and jewels.

Videos

  1. Campin, Merode Altarpiece Campin, Merode Altarpiece
  2. Campin, Christ and the Virgin Campin, Christ and the Virgin
  3. Hubert (?) and Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece (closed) or The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Hubert (?) and Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece (closed) or The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
  4. Hubert (?) and Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece (open) or The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Hubert (?) and Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece (open) or The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
  5. Jan van Eyck, Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban (Self-Portrait?), 1433 Jan van Eyck, Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban (Self-Portrait?), 1433
  6. Jan van Eyck, Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife Jan van Eyck, Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife
  7. Jan van Eyck's The Madonna in the Church Jan van Eyck's The Madonna in the Church
  8. Christus, Portrait of a Young Girl Christus, Portrait of a Young Girl
  9. Christus, Portrait of a Carthusian Christus, Portrait of a Carthusian
  10. Van der Goes, The Adoration of the Kings Van der Goes, The Adoration of the Kings
  11. Van der Weyden, Deposition Van der Weyden, Deposition
  12. Van der Weyden, Crucifixion Triptych Van der Weyden, Crucifixion Triptych
  13. Van der Weyden, The Last Judgment Polyptych Van der Weyden, The Last Judgment Polyptych
  14. Van der Weyden, Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John Van der Weyden, Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John
  15. The Unicorn in Captivity The Unicorn in Captivity