Jan van Eyck(1)
Jan van Eyck was probably born between 1380 and 1390 and he entered the art world at a period when Netherlandish art was characterized by the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two dimensional medium, accurately rendered textures, meticulous detail and vivid oil colors that was common to the naturalistic style. He came from the Maaseick province of Limbourg where in 1422 he worked in The Hague for John of Bavaria count of Holland. In 1425 he was appointed court painter by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, a position he held till his death in 1441. Philip was a good friend of his who trusted him enough to send him on secret diplomatic missions and deal with some family matters. He even interceded when he found out that the artist was having difficulty collecting his salary. He even bore a coat-of-arms which signified that he belonged to the gentry, was deemed unusual for an artist which is accredited for much of his fame. Much of his work were intended to promote his abilities and reputation that included the signing and dating of his work which at the time was highly unusual even by the other great masters of the time.