‘Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor’ by Jan van Eyck

There’s a new celebrity in town. But unlike some celebrities, this one deserves your attention. A painting — no wait, come back! — by one of the most important artists in history is on loan to the Speed Art Museum. Jan van Eyck was famous in his day (that would be 15th-century Belgium). He’s best known for “The Arnolfini Portrait” and the “Ghent Altarpiece,” and there’s a good chance he invented oil painting, or, at least, he was one of the first to use it. His painting, “Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor,” is on loan from the Frick Collection in New York City. Van Eyck’s the complete package: an artist who excels technically while grabbing viewers with powerful images and storytelling.


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‘Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor’ by  Jan van Eyck

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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