Cardinal Niccolò Albergati (?)

around 1435, Artist: Jan van Eyck

 

 

Cardinal Niccolò Albergati (?)

During a peace congress in Arras in 1435, van Eyck produced a silverpoint drawing (Dresden) in which he not only caught the physiognomy of the elderly cardinal and papal envoy, but already noted details concerning paint colours. The portrait shown here was produced soon after. Contrary to art history myth, oil painting, i.e. the use of oil resins as a bonding agent, was not invented by van Eyck. Yet he did transfer the delicate art of painting, which had already reached its highest point in book painting, to the larger format of panel painting, using new, highly refined techniques

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 20

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Early Netherlandish

Dated

around 1435

Artist

Jan van Eyck (um 1390 Maaseyck bei Maastricht - 1441 Brügge) - GND

Material

oak wood

Dimensions

Overall: 34 cm × 29,5 cm
Framed: 42,5 cm × 35,5 cm × 3,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 975

Provenance

until 1648 Coll. of the Antwerp art dealer Peeter Stevens; acquired by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in 1648

Depiction/Person

100 Meisterwerke - Kardinal Niccolò Albergati - Jan Van Eyck

IGS - Kardinal Niccolò Albergati (1375-1443) - Jan van Eyck

OESG - Kardinal Niccolò Albergati (1375-1443) - Jan van Eyck

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