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Discovery of an important early drawing

A previously unknown work from the studio of medieval painter Jan van Eyck recently came to light in the north of the Netherlands. This major discovery can be seen in the museum.

Friso Lammertse at 'De Wereld Draait Door'
Friso Lammertse at 'De Wereld Draait Door'

The ‘Van Eyck drawing’ depicting Christ’s Crucifixion was purchased just over 40 years ago at a small estate sale in the north of the Netherlands for a mere 10 guilders. The purchaser, the father of the current owners, thought the frame of the work was incredibly beautiful, but then the work was hung in the room of one of the family’s maids, where it remained for many years. In recent months the drawing has been comprehensively examined and experts concur that the work is from Van Eyck’s studio. The drawing is exceptionally beautiful and is one of the greatest discoveries in the field of early draughtsmanship of recent decades. The drawing can be seen in the exhibition over the coming months.

Crucifixion of Christ, Studio Jan van Eyck, c. 1440, privately owned

You can watch the transmission of De Wereld Draait Door television programme about the discovery here (in Dutch only).

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