JAN van EYCK
‘AN OPTICAL REVOLUTION’
Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium
Tuesday 21 April to Thursday 23 April 2020
Later this new year, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent pays tribute to the extraordinary Flemish Master, Jan van Eyck, with a thrilling exhibition entitled, van Eyck. An Optical Revolution. Nine stunning van Eycks, nearly half of just twenty surviving works, will be on display along with several pieces from his studio, will be set amongst one hundred masterpieces from the 15th century. They will be travelling to Ghent from collections as far flung as Washington DC. Berlin, Romania, and Antwerp.
Central within the exhibition are eight recently restored exterior panels of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a highly exceptional loan from St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. Never before have all eight exterior panels been brought together in an exhibition outside the cathedral, and never before have they been given the opportunity to interact with other works by van Eyck or his contemporaries.
To complement the exhibition, we begin with the superlative medieval works in the great Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, extending our studies to the magnificent world-renowned Brueghels which were so much influenced by the van Eyck optical revolution, such as the ‘Massacre of the Innocents’ and ‘Fall of Icarus’. We also include visits to the Groeninge and Memling Museums in Bruges to explore the influence of van Eyck on the great masters of the later 15c Flemish tradition.
This is clearly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that makes the unique accomplishment of van Eyck more tangible than ever, and a perfect excuse to revive the Inscape Art Train abroad!
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All lectures, tuition and pastoral care, exhibition ticket, gallery and museum visits and transportation during the tour, two nights with breakfast, all lunches and dinners with wine, all coffees and teas: £1095 members, £1145 non-members, £103 single room supplement, £250 deposit . Please note that this cost excludes Eurostar tickets to and from Brussels. We are happy to help you book these if you wish.