Portrait of Jan De Leeuw (1436) by Jan Van Eyck

Portrait of Jan De Leeuw - Jan Van Eyck - 1436

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TitlePortrait of Jan De Leeuw
ArtistJan Van Eyck
MediumOil on Wood
Dimensions24.5 x 19 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Portrait of Jan De Leeuw

The artwork in question is “Portrait of Jan De Leeuw,” created by the esteemed artist Jan Van Eyck in the year 1436. This piece is executed with oil on a wooden panel and stands as an exemplary work of the Northern Renaissance. The portrait measures 24.5 by 19 centimeters and is currently housed within the prestigious collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The artwork exudes the finesse typical of Jan Van Eyck’s portraiture, showcasing a detailed and lifelike representation. The subject, Jan De Leeuw, is depicted with a serene and introspective demeanor, gazing directly at the viewer. His eyes exhibit a remarkable depth, indicative of the artist’s skill in rendering the human soul through portraiture. The sitter’s face is illuminated by a soft yet discerning light, highlighting his features and the texture of his skin with meticulous precision.

De Leeuw wears a dark garment, which contrasts sharply with his pale skin, emphasizing his visage as the focal point of the composition. He appears to hold a ring, which rests delicately between his fingers, perhaps a signifier of his social status or profession. The portrait is framed within what appears to be a carved wooden frame, complete with an inscription that solidifies the identity of the subject and the eminence of the artist. The work epitomizes the ideals of the Northern Renaissance, balancing a lifelike representation with symbolic elements and attention to detail that extend beyond mere replication to capture the essence of the portrayed individual.

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