Van Eyck

Van Eyck

Book rating: 04 Paperback Basic Art

By (author) Till-Holger Borchert

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  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 229mm x 10mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cologne
  • ISBN 10: 3822856878
  • ISBN 13: 9783822856871
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 163,466

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The Arnolfini Portrait, depicting the wedding of a young couple, is one of the most famous paintings of the Early Renaissance. With its unprecedented precision and masterful use of color (down to the most minute details reflected in the background mirror), the painting is a testament to the mastery of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441), leader of the Early Netherland School. Though he cannot be credited, as many have claimed, as the inventor of oil painting, his use of the medium was highly innovative, allowing for great intensity and depth of color. Often imitated but never equaled, van Eyck left an indelible impression on Renaissance art and paved the way for future realist painters.Every book in Taschen's "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and, a concise biography.

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By Antoinette 28 Nov 2012 4

Van Eyck is the painter behind the Arnolfini Portrait (1434) which depicts the wedding of a young couple in exquisite detail. His work features many portraits (my main reason for purchasing this book) and a number of religious pieces. Though only 25 paintings can be attributed to van Eyck, this book details a chronological summary of the artists life and work. The author has also included a number of works that are termed 'Eyckan' which could be attributed to van Eyck. The author discusses the history of van Eyck's style, his use of colour and light as well as his symbolism. Though my interest in this book is primarily in the pictures, the reasonably dense text provides some wonderfully supportive information. With 96 pages containing approximately 100 colour illustrations, I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in van Eyck's work or history.