Jan van Eyck and workshop The Virgin and Child with Saints Barbara and Elizabeth of Hungary, and abbot Jan de Vos | c. 1442 | Frick Collection, New York


Fro 28 October 2010 to 30 January 2011 – Brugge Centraal – Musea Brugge

In the fifteenth century the Flemish Primitives triggered an artistic revolution in Central Europe. Talented painters like Jan van Eyck with his brilliant eye for detail, introduced new painting styles and techniques. Their influence spread rapidly and inspired scores of artists, including the painter, draughtsman and etcher Albrecht Dürer.

Van Eyck and Dürer are two great masters from the period 1420-1530. A pioneering exhibition brings together first-rate works by them and some of their contemporaries, drawn from notable European and American collections. Paintings and other art forms will illustrate the interaction between the Flemish Primitives and art in Central Europe.
In the context of the five-year festival «Bruges Central»,a large exhibition shows how these values then spread towards Central Europe, digested and retransmitted in particular by a exceptional go-between, German artist Dürer. Here we see that the wider Europe is not a recent idea… Aside from major works by these two artists, we can study here how this new current was illustrated in the towns and courts of Bohemia and Transylvania, from Bavaria to the Balkan countries, with paintings, drawings and prints by Witz, Patinir, Schongauer or the master of the Cabinet of Amsterdam

With masterpieces by Jan Baegert, Dieric Bouts, Hans Burgkmair the Elder, Robert Campin, Gerard David, Albrecht Dürer, Jost Haller, Hans Holbein the Elder, Johan Koerbecke, Stephan Lochner, Quentin Massys, Conrat Meit, Hans Memling, Joachim Patinir, Hans Pleydenwurff, Tilmann Riemenschneider, Martin Schongauer, Veit Stoss, Hugo van der Goes, Rogier van der Weyden, Jan van Eyck, Israhel van Meckenem, Michael Wolgemut, …