ART 4 2-DAY 18 September v.9.80
DEATH: 1426 VAN EYCK
Died on 18 September 1426: Hubert van
Eyck, Flemish painter born before 1390.
He was the elder brother of Jan van Eyck [1390 – 09 Jul 1441 bur.], Lambert van Eyck, and Margareta van Eyck. He was born at Maeseyck, near Mons; the date is unknown. The name Hubert itself, which was not common in Ghent, may well indicate his foreign origin. A few facts can be gleaned from his tombstone. An inscription engraved on a copper plate which has since disappeared but which was once affixed to the stone, recorded 18 September 1426 as the date of his death.
However, the most crucial piece of information to have come down to us is the quatrain inscribed on the frame of the Adoration of the Lamb, the Van Eyck brothers' most celebrated work. The verse was placed there when the altarpiece was installed on 06 May 1432. It states that the polyptych was begun by Pictor Hubertus Eyck, and finished by his brother Jan, at the request of Jodocus Vyd, deputy burgomaster of Ghent, warden of the church of Saint John, and of his wife, Elisabeth Borluut, who commissioned it. The quatrain was discovered in 1823.
A stylistic analysis of the painting reveals the work of two different hands. The overall conception of the altarpiece is certainly the work of Hubert, along with the execution of certain parts, such as the panels in the lower tier: Here, the manner is archaic, and reflects the continuing dominance of the international style that was practised by Broederlam. The composition is typically unoriginal: the landscape is still conceived as a distant background, with which the figures at the front have no organic relation, an effect that is reinforced by the bird's eye point of view.
The Three Marys at the Tomb (71x89cm)
— The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
— The Mytical Lamb Polyptych _ center _ detail eight singers at an ornate lectern, two of them look pained, and one seems distracted.
— 38 ZOOMable images at Wikimedia