One of the Most Intricate Paintings Ever Made

Jan Van Eyck’s outstanding Virgin and Child

Christopher P Jones

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Madonna with Canon van der Paele (1434–1436) by Jan van Eyck. Oil on panel. 124.5 × 160 cm. Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Let me draw your attention to two details in this almost unbelievable painting by the Flemish artist Jan van Eyck, made around 1436.

The painting shows the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child sitting on a large throne, flanked by two pillars where on top are shown a pair of carvings.

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