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Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department/Program

Art and Archaeology

Advisor(s)

Norris K. Smith, Philipp Fehl, Mark S. Weil

Language

English (en)

Date of Award

Winter 12-15-1976

Degree Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Abstract

This study confronts a curious situation in the History of Art. Jan van Eyck has been long recognized as a great master, and perhaps the key figure in Northern panel painting of the fifteenth century. Of the approximately thirty recognized works that have come down to us from his hand, roughly half are portraits. Of the fifteen or so non-portrait panels finished by Jan, eight have as a major focus the Virgin Mother of God. Though the specific details surrounding the commissioning of these works are largely unknown (and likely to remain so), it does seem curious that these Marian works have never been studied as a body to see if they reveal a distinctive attitude toward the Virgin that could be called characteristic of Jan van Eyck.

This study confronts a curious situation in the History of Art. Jan van Eyck has been long recognized as a great master, and perhaps the key figure in Northern panel painting of the fifteenth century. Of the approximately thirty recognized works that have come down to us from his hand, roughly half are portraits. Of the fifteen or so non-portrait panels finished by Jan, eight have as a major focus the Virgin Mother of God. Though the specific details surrounding the commissioning of these works are largely unknown (and likely to remain so), it does seem curious that these Marian works have never been studied as a body to see if they reveal a distinctive attitude toward the Virgin that could be called characteristic of Jan van Eyck.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.7936/K7CZ35K4

Comments

Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/K7CZ35K4 Print version available in library catalog at http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b1277729~S2. Call #: LD5791.8 PhD76 P87 v.1 and LD5791.8 PhD76 P87 v.2.