The New International Encyclopaedia Volume 7

The New International Encyclopaedia Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...Gothic churches and houses, or in landscapes containing actual trees and walled cities. The brothers Van Eyck take their name from a little town on the Maas, near Maastricht, called Maaseyck, where they were born. The dates of their birth are unknown, Hubert's being variously assigned from 1366 to 1375, and Jan's from 1386 to 1400. Of Hubert we only hear that in 1421-22 he was a member of a religious guild at Ghent, where he lived. He executed work for the magistrates of Ghent, who in 1424 visited his studio in state. They perhaps came to see the great altar which the rich burgher Jodocus Vydt, Lord of Pamele, had ordered for his chapel in the Church of Saint Bavon. Hubert did not live to finish this work, but died on September 18, 1426, and was buried in the crypt directly under the chapel he had been asked to decorate. As regards the life of Jan we are better informed. He was probably the pupil of his brother, who much exceeded him in years. From 1422 till 1424 he was in the service of John of Bavaria, then living as Count of Holland at The Hague, and in 1425 he was appointed Court painter and 'valet de chambre' (a sort of chamberlain), with a salary of 100 Hvres a year, to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. He lived at Lille with the Duke, who employed him upon various diplomatic missions. In 1428-29 he was one of the embassy sent to Lisbon to negotiate the marriage of the Princess Isabella of Portugal to his master, and during his stay in Portugal he became acquainted with the southern vegetation which appears in his pictures. He made a pilgrimage to San Iago di Campostella, and visited the Alhambra. After his return to Flanders he retired to Bruges, and there he finished the altarpiece which his brother had left incomplete, on May 6....show more

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