The Flemish Masters

From Van Eyck to Bruegel

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Date of publication March 2023

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The Flemish Masters
From Van Eyck to Bruegel

Text(s) by Matthias Depoorter, graphic design by Leen Depooter

German

2023. 280 pp., 300 ills.

Hardcover

23.50 x 29.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5413-2

A Revolution of Light and Color

Occasionally, when something seems very familiar you lose sight of what makes it so special: Flemish Masters. From van Eyck to Bruegel sets out to counteract this effect and opens our eyes once again to the revolution that took place in the Low Countries in the 15th and 16th centuries that shaped the course of European art. In 48 lavishly illustrated analyses, Matthias Depoorter explores how painters such as Van Eyck, Van der Weiden, Massys, Bosch, and Bruegel reached unprecedented heights, and are rightfully considered innovators to this day. The defining factor was their perfecting and mastery of the oil painting technique as well as their groundbreaking attention to optical lighting effects. The new technical possibilities offered a different way of looking at the world and ultimately a new way of painting. No less innovative was the level of detail. These painters were thoroughly acquainted with each other’s work—this volume shows the fundamental artistic cross-fertilization. A must-read for anyone who wants to fall in love with the old master- pieces anew.

MATTHIAS DEPOORTER (*1980) is a writer and an art historian. He was one of the curators of the seminal exhibition Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent and coordinated the accompanying scholarly publication.

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