Hubert van Eyck, ?-1426, The Three Marys at the Tomb, c. 1425, Oil on panel, 72 x 89 cm.

Jan van Eyck (Maaseik?-Bruges 1441), Triptych with the Embalming of the Body of Christ, c. 1410-1420, Middle panel: 31 x 31.9 x 1.9 cm; side panels: 31 x 12.8 cm, Private collection.

The Netherlandish, French, and German Roads to Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck (Maaseik?-Bruges 1441), Triptych with the Embalming of the Body of Christ, c. 1410-1420, Middle panel: 31 x 31.9 x 1.9 cm, Private collection.

Master of Hakendover (active c. 1400, Flanders, Brabant), Penitent St. Peter, c. 1425, Oak, 34.6 x 33.5 x 12 cm., Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-ca. 1441), Portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy, ca. 1435, Oil on oak, 26 x 20 cm., Staatliche Museen, Berlin).

France (attributed to Jan Maelwael), Madonna with Child and Angels (Madonna of the Butterllies), c. 1410, oil on linen, 106 x 81 cm., Gamäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin.

Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-ca. 1441), Birth of John the Baptist, ca. 1424, Tres Belles Heures de Notre-Dame de Jean de Berry (Milan-Turin Hours), folio 93f, Parchment, 28.4 x 20.3 cm., Palazzo Madama, Turin..


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The Road to van Eyck
October 13, 2012-February 10, 2013

An unknown triptych that dates back some six centuries is included in The Road to Van Eyck, comprised of more than 90 masterpieces of Netherlandish, French, and German origin from circa 1400, and can be seen at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The tripartite panel, which depicts the embalming of the body of Christ, flanked by portrayals of St Anthony and of John the Baptist, is being loaned to Rotterdam from an Italian private collection for the exhibition. "It is highly unusual that a totally unknown painting from this period should crop up," says curator Friso Lammertse. "It is, moreover, of an exceptionally high quality. The right-hand panel with John the Baptist ranks among the most beautiful Netherlandish paintings from circa 1400 that is still extant."

Triptych with the Embalming of Christ The embalming of Christ in the triptych’s central panel is a scene that is rarely depicted. According to international art experts the work was painted circa 1410 by an unknown artist in Bruges. There are just 20 to 30 extant paintings that were executed in the Netherlands during this period. Comparison with pre-Eyckian drawings and with miniatures from breviaries, as well as the way in which the embalming is depicted, have left international art experts with little doubt about the work’s provenance. The triptych may have been created for a hospital, as St Anthony is called on to intercede for the sick and was the patron saint of many infirmaries. The painting is in good overall condition, but the image of Christ has suffered, probably because of the faithful constantly touching it in reverence.

Exhibition The Road to Van Eyck sheds light on how and by whom Jan van Eyck (Maaseik?, c. 1390-Bruges 1441), was inspired to develop his revolutionary, realistic style. Priceless and fragile paintings, sculptures, precious metalwork, miniatures and drawings by the most important European artists, with masters such as Jean Malouel and the Master of Saint Veronica alongside works by Jan van Eyck himself, are being brought together in Rotterdam from collections across the USA and Europe. This is the first and, in view of the fragility of these works, probably the last time that an exhibition on this subject will be staged. The presentation includes five paintings by Van Eyck, as well as several miniatures and drawings that are attributed to him. One of the works comes from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which is the only institution in the Netherlands to boast a Van Eyck in its collection. Another work from our own collection is the famous Norfolk Triptych, a pivotal work from the pre-Eyckian period.

Catalogue A generously illustrated catalogue, edited by the exhibition’s curators, Friso Lammertse from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Stephan Kemperdick from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, is being published to coincide with this presentation.

Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-ca. 1441), Mass for the Dead, ca. 1424, Tres Belles Heures de Notre-Dame de Jean de Berry (Milan-Turin Hours), folio 116r, Parchment, 28.4 x 20.3 cm., Palazzo Madama, Turin.

Jan van Eyck (Maaseik?-Bruges 1441), The Annunciation, c. 1435, Oil on panel, 93 x 73 cm., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Claus de Werve, Two Pleurents from the tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, c. 1406-1410, alabaster, 41 x 12.7 x 15 cm. and 41.7 x 16.6 x 11.7 cm., Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland.

Anonymous, Norfolk Triptych, 1415-1420.

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Restoration of Hubert van Eyck, The Three Marys at the Tomb, c. 1425.