A Man in a Turban (1433) by Jan Van Eyck

A Man in a Turban - Jan Van Eyck - 1433

Artwork Information

TitleA Man in a Turban
ArtistJan Van Eyck
MediumOil on Wood
Dimensions33.3 x 25.8 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery, London
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About A Man in a Turban

Jan van Eyck’s “Man in a Red Turban” is a prime example of Flemish painting in the fifteenth century. Uniquely, this painting is completely secular without the common religious references and content to be found in most artwork from that period. At the top of the frame, there is an inscription reading “Als Ich Can” (as I/Eyck can), which serves as strong evidence that this portrait was painted by Jan van Eyck himself. This phrase, which uses Greek letters, is a punning reference to the painter’s name. Man in a Turban is an oil painting found on wood panel located at the National Gallery in London England and believed by many scholars to have been completed by Van Eyck in 1433.

Although Jan van Eyck’s “Man in a Red Turban” is highly regarded for its use of realism and still considered one of the pinnacle of artwork during that era, artists such as Margareta Snyders and Anthony Van Dyck also produced famous paintings of their own. Margareta Snyders’ artworks were well known for depicting everyday life with extraordinary skill and pleasure while Anthony Van Dyck’s works showcased how Baroque Art had matured from Caravaggio’s heavy shadows towards lighter hues and broad volumes – his best known work being C. 1620.

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