Eyck, Hubert and John Van

Eyck, Hubert and John Van two brothers, were Flemish painters, and natives of the small town of Maeseyck, on the river Maes. Hubert was probably born in 1366, and John in 1370. They established themselves at Bruges. They are said by some writers to have been the discoverers of oil painting. They generally painted in concert until the death of Hubert. Their most important work was an altar-piece with folding-doors, painted for Jodocus Vyts, who placedit in the Church of St. Bavon, at Ghent. The principal picture in this curious production represents the Adoration of the Lamb, as described by St. John in the Revelation. On one of the folding doors is represented. Adam and Eve, and on the other St. Caecilia. In.the sacristy of the cathedral at Bruges is preserved a pict ure painted by John in 1436, representing the Virgin and Infant, with St. George, St. Donatius, and other saints. Hubert died September 18, 1429, and John in July, 1440. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.

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