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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. According to Vasari and other art historians including Ernst Gombrich, he invented oil painting, though most now regard that claim as an oversimplification. The surviving records indicate that he was born around 1380 or 1390, most likely in Maaseik (then Maaseyck, hence his name), Limburg, which is located in present-day Belgium. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan van Eyck has received more than 2,044,300 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Jan van Eyck is the 32nd most popular painter (down from 25th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 2nd 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 32 out of 1,421Before him are Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Edgar Degas, and Jacques-Louis David. After him are Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Giotto, and Joan Miró.

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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, George of Trebizond, Niccolò de' Conti, Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Margaret of Prades, Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Tristão Vaz Teixeira. 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 6 out of 1,019Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500), Pepin the Short (715), Clovis I (466), Charles Martel (688), and Audrey Hepburn (1929). After him are Andreas Vesalius (1514), René Magritte (1898), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Gerardus Mercator (1512), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), and Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908).

Among PAINTERS In Belgium

Among painters born in Belgium, Jan van Eyck ranks 1After him are René Magritte (1898), Anthony van Dyck (1599), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), Frans Hals (1582), Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), Hugo van der Goes (1440), Jacob Jordaens (1593), James Ensor (1860), Petrus Christus (1410), and Quentin Matsys (1466).