Jan van Eyck: The Play of Realism

Jan van Eyck, The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, c. 1435, Louvre, Paris
Jan van Eyck, The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, c. 1435, Louvre, Paris

Tyler Green interviews Craig Harbison, author of the recently revised monograph Jan Van Eyck: The Play of Realism. Green notes that the book is "a too-rare example of a top art historian willing to allow his sense of wonder at his subject’s work to infuse every page."

Green also interviews Ron Spronk, coordinator for the Closer to van Eyck on-line project which provides macro-photographic images of the Ghent Alterpiece. Green writes that this new "documentation should help historians solve one of art history's greatest mysteries: Which parts of the altarpiece were painted by Hubert van Eyck before he died, and which parts were painted by his brother Jan?."