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Many moons ago, back in the antediluvian days of the 1970s, my sister and I had a subscription to Cricket Magazine (we also had one to Downbeat, but that is another story). In one of the 1978 numbers, they ran a story about the creation of the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck. The author tossed in a lot of extraneous fictional material to get the kinder interested (Was there a handsome young nobleman involved somehow? Of course. Was there also, perhaps, a plucky young peasant girl? Do you even need to ask?), but that silly little story sparked a lifelong interest in the art of the Early Northern Renaissance--or as it is more commonly known, Flemish Primitive art. Having been recently able to see many of the more famous works of the style (but not all, due to my inability to remember so complicated a word as "Gent"), I can say that reproductions don't really do them justice. The fact that these artists could make create such colors prior to the discovery of artificial pigments, is pretty impressive in itself. It is also duly noted that they were certainly an influence upon the artists of the Florentine Renaissance.

Jan Van Eyck-The Ghent Altarpiece (which is in the St. Bavo Cathedral in Gent)

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My personal favorite:

Hugo Van der Goes-The Calvary Tryptych (also in Gent)


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Hans Memling-Christ Surrounded by Musician Angels


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The previous is at the Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp, as is this next one.

Gerard David-The Transfiguration Altarpiece


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In the National Gallery in London you will find Geertgen Tot Sint Jahns (Little Gerard of the Brothers of St John)-The Bones of St John the Baptist


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beautiful art. I love the last one. Flemish are is wonderful, of course I am biased a bit.



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