Jan van Eyck and Portugal's "Illustrious Generation": Volume I

Jan van Eyck and Portugal's "Illustrious Generation": Volume I
December 14, 2011

Professor of Art History Barbara von Barghahn authored Jan van Eyck and Portugal's "Illustrious Generation": Volume I exploring Jan van Eyck's patronage by the Crown of Portugal and his role as a diplomat-painter for the Duchy of Burgundy following his first voyage to Lisbon in 1428-1429. Von Barghahn provides analysis of new portrait identifications with regard to King Joao I's conquest of Ceuta, achieved by his sons who were hailed as an "illustrious generation." A second "secret mission" to Portugal in 1437 by Jan van Eyck is also explored by von Barghahn. With this insight, it becomes clear the most significant artist of Renaissance Flanders was patronized by both the House of Avis and Duchy of Burgundy.