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The Road to Van Eyck

from October 13 2012 until February 10 2013

The Road to Van Eyck Hall impression The Road to Van Eyck, photo Ernie Buts Crucifixion of Christ, Studio Jan van Eyck, c. 1440, privately owned Jan van Eyck, The Annunciation c. 1430-1435. Oak, transferred on to canvas in St Petersburg after 1864, 92.7 x 36.7 cm, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Collection Jean Malouel (?), The Virgin with Angels and Butterflies, c. 1410. Canvas, 107 x 81 cm. Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Gemäldegalerie Hall impression The Road to Van Eyck, photo Ernie Buts Jan van Eyck, The Three Marys at the Tomb, c. 1430-1435. Panel, 71.5 x 90 cm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Hall impression The Road to Van Eyck, photo: Ernie Buts Master of Hakendover, (active c. 1395 - c. 1430). The Repentant St Peter c. 1425. Oak, polychromy removed, 34.6 cm high. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum claes de werve (?-1439) Two Weepers from the Tomb of Philip the Bold 1404 – 1410. Vizille alabaster, 41.1 cm. Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art Jan van Eyck, Portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy c. 1435-1440. Oak panel, 26 x 19.5 cm Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Gemäldegalerie Southern Netherlands (Liège?), The Man of Sorrows, Christ and the Virgin, and Saints (The Norfolk Triptych) c. 1410-1420. Oak, 33.1 x 65.3 cm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Hall impression The Road to Van Eyck, photo Ernie Buts Jan van Eyck and various French and Netherlandish illuminators, The so-called Turin-Milan Hours c. 1380/1400 until c. 1450. vellum, 26.4 x 20.3 cm Turin, Palazzo Madama, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica Atelier Boersma restores 'The three Marys at the Tomb' by Hubert van Eyck in the restoration workshop of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo: Tot en Met ontwerpen

In the autumn of 2012, the extremely valuable and fragile works by one of Europe’s most brilliant painters, Jan van Eyck (Maaseik? c.1390 – Bruges 1441), were brought together in Rotterdam from all over Europe and the United States. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing the paintings of this artist, long considered the father of oil painting, alongside other masterpieces by other artists of this period.

In 2008 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organised the successful exhibition ‘Early Hollanders. Paintings from the Late Middle Ages’. The successor to this exhibition goes one step further back in history and ends with Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441). The exhibition is an art-historical voyage of discovery and will present the only images we have of the Low Countries in the early Middle Ages. Practically all the paintings that still exist from this period will be assembled in Rotterdam. This is the first time that all these paintings have been brought together. And because of their fragile condition, it will also most likely be the last time.

Paintings

The core of the exhibition will comprise panel paintings, complemented by a small but high-quality selection of sculptures, metalwork, illuminated manuscripts and drawings. The highlight of the exhibition will be a small group of paintings by Van Eyck and artists from his circle, including the restored ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’.

Medieval Lab

In the space next to this large exhibition we have installed a Medieval Lab, where visitors can learn about the technical aspects of medieval painting in an educational presentation. In the Medieval Lab visitors can see how medieval artists prepared their panels, how paint was made, what an artist’s workshop looked like and what decorative and household objects were used as models for the paintings. The Medieval Lab is fitted out as a scientific laboratory, where visitors can explore by themselves. Watch the short videos about the construction of a medieval panel painting also on ARTtube.

Funding

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen would like to thank the following foundations, companies and private individuals whose enthusiastic and generous support has made ‘The Road to Van Eyck’ exhibition possible: Turing Foundation, Robeco, BankGiro Loterij, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, SNS REAAL Fonds, VSBfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (thanks, in part, to the Breeman Talle Fonds), Aon Artscope, Unilever, Nedspice, Ploum Lodder Princen, Shell and Blockbusterfonds. A campaign has been launched on the initiative of private individuals to support this exhibition. For further information about this ‘Van Eyck Circle’, please visit www.boijmans.nl/dekring.

Catalogue

A catalogue was prepared for this exhibition. The Road to van Eyck exhibition catalogue presents more than 90 masterpieces of Netherlandish, French and German art from around 1400. The richly illustrated catalogue sheds light on what and who inspired the renowned painter Jan van Eyck (c. 1390 – 1441). You can order the catalogue here.

Please note: a surcharge of € 4,00 applies on the exhibition 'The Road to Van Eyck'.