Jan van Eyck

1395 - 1441

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Jan van Eyck ( van EYEK, Dutch: [ˈjɑn vɑn ˈɛik]; c.  before 1390 – 9 July 1441) was a painter active in Bruges who was one of the early innovators of what became known as Early Netherlandish painting, and one of the most significant representatives of Early Northern Renaissance art. The surviving records indicate that he was born around 1380–1390, most likely in Maaseik (then Maaseyck, hence his name), in present-day Belgium. He took employment in the Hague around 1422 when he was already a master painter with workshop assistants, and was employed as painter and valet de chambre with John III the Pitiless, ruler of Holland and Hainaut. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan van Eyck has received more than 1,498,198 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia. Jan van Eyck is the 25th most popular painter (up from 32nd in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Belgium (up from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Painter.

Jan van Eyck is most famous for being the first painter to use oil paints.

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Among painters, Jan van Eyck ranks 25 out of 1,428Before him are Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Donatello, Titian, and El Greco. After him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Eugène Delacroix, Hieronymus Bosch, Wassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian.

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Among people born in 1395, Jan van Eyck ranks 1After him are Vlad II Dracul, Pisanello, Michelle of Valois, Jacques Cœur, Niccolò de' Conti, Margaret of Prades, Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Tristão Vaz Teixeira, George of Trebizond, and Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1441, Jan van Eyck ranks 1After him are Blanche I of Navarre, Niccolò III d'Este, Marquis of Ferrara, Margaret of Burgundy, Duchess of Bavaria, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Jan van Eyck ranks 2 out of 899Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500). After him are Pepin the Short (715), Audrey Hepburn (1929), Charles Martel (688), Clovis I (466), René Magritte (1898), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Andreas Vesalius (1514), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908), and Anthony van Dyck (1599).

Among PAINTERS In Belgium

Among painters born in Belgium, Jan van Eyck ranks 1After him are René Magritte (1898), Anthony van Dyck (1599), Frans Hals (1582), Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), James Ensor (1860), Hugo van der Goes (1440), Jacob Jordaens (1593), Hubert van Eyck (1366), and Quentin Matsys (1466).