Discover the Complete Painted Works and Unique Miniatures of Jan Van Eyck Online

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Discover the Complete Painted Works and Unique Miniatures of Jan Van Eyck Online

Thanks to the VERONA project (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access) of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), the complete painted works, plus the unique miniatures of Jan Van Eyck, can now be admired online in ultra-high resolution. During the presentation of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2019 for Research to the VERONA project, photos and scientific images of several of Jan Van Eyck's top works, plus miniatures from the manuscript Turin-Milan Hours, were added to the website Closer to Van Eyck.

Image courtesy to Van Eyck Research 

 

Thanks to the VERONA project (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access) of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), the complete painted works, plus the unique miniatures of Jan Van Eyck, can now be admired online in ultra-high resolution. During the presentation of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2019 for Research to the VERONA project, photos and scientific images of several of Jan Van Eyck's top works, plus miniatures from the manuscript Turin-Milan Hours, were added to the website Closer to Van Eyck. Almost the entire oeuvre of Jan Van Eyck is now accessible online. And thanks to the entirely updated viewer with optimized zoom function you will not miss a single detail. Last but not least, the digitalized art works will feature in an interactive exhibition this fall in BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts: Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of the Detail.

 

Image courtesy to Van Eyck Research 

 

The VERONA project of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) has launched a new chapter in the research of paintings by Jan Van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441) and his atelier, thanks to the production of high-quality, standardized image material. This is accessible in open access on the website Closer to Van Eyck. The paintings were photographed using macro photography (with normal light, grazing light, infrared light and UV fluorescence) and, in some cases, also X-ray photography and macro-XRF scanning.

The presentation of the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award for Research 2019 to the VERONA project on 14 January in BOZAR was the perfect moment to launch the macro photos of 28 folios with miniatures from the book Turin-Milan Hours (Palazzo Madama). The folios from the National University Library in Turin, which were partly burned in 1904, can now also be viewed in colour for the first time. This is the result of a collaboration between the team of KIK-IRPA and Musea Brugge / Kenniscentrum vzw. From now on, you can also browse through the new image material of masterpieces, such as the Arnolfini Portrait and presumed Self-portrait from London (National Gallery), the Saint Francis from Turin, the Crucifixion from Venice, two altar panels from New York and a series of lesser-known works emulating Van Eyck. This brings the grand total to 30: the painted oeuvre of Jan Van Eyck can be admired online down to the very last detail.

Visitors can also now enjoy an entirely updated viewer, allowing you to continuously zoom in. Plus, there are more configuration opportunities for the classification of images, support for touchscreens and user-friendly menus. Finally, the miniatures can be compared in minute detail with the much bigger paintings, thanks to the function for comparing images of different scales at the same size.

About the exhibition in BOZAR: Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of the Detail. 24.09.20 > 10.01.21

Facing Van Eyck focuses on the development of the visual language of the Flemish Primitives and the influence of Byzantine icons. The exhibition follows in the footsteps of the pilgrims and crusaders that, in the Middle Ages, travelled from the West to the Holy Land. They journeyed through Byzantium and discovered its culture, which they then spread on returning home. The stylistic evolution of Flemish Primitives, such as Van Eyck, Van der Weyden or Memling, is displayed in much detail by means of paintings, prints and sculptures.

In Facing Van Eyck you can moreover literally dive into Jan Van Eyck's paintings. Thanks to amazing digital techniques and new scientific research at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), all the secrets of his work are revealed, pixel by pixel. Never before has it been possible to get so close to Van Eyck's characters and techniques as in this exhibition experience.

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