About the Flemish Masters. For over 250 years, from the 15th to long into the 17th century, Flanders was a figurehead for fine arts in Western Europe and the source of inspiration for well-known art movements of the time, such as the Flemish primitives, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Artists were known for their craftsmanship, creativity and technical innovations and they transformed the prosperous and urbanised Flanders into one of the most refined cultural regions with their impressive artistic and architectural creations. www.flemishmasters.com
About the Van Eyck brothers, masters of realism. Hubert van Eyck painted part of the Ghent Altarpiece, but wasn't able to finish it. His younger brother, Jan, an absolute master painter, completed the magnificent work after Hubert's death. Jan van Eyck made a huge contribution to the revolution in painting that occurred in the Low Countries. He is one of the most important representatives of the Flemish Masters. Van Eyck is famous for his meticulous, realistic portraits and was one of the first Flemish artists to sign many of his works.
About 2020, the Van Eyck year. In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent will honour Jan van Eyck with the exhibition, ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’. Only around twenty of his works still exist worldwide. A substantial proportion of them will be travelling to Ghent, where they will be exhibited beside works by his most talented contemporaries in a rare and unique opportunity. In 2020, Van Eyck will entice the five senses in Ghent. Ghent's visual arts, theatre, dance, design, fashion, cuisine, music and shops will bask in the atmosphere of Van Eyck and his exquisite masterpieces. www.omgvaneyckwashere.be
About Ghent, the home of Van Eyck's masterpiece. The lively city of Ghent is certainly worth a visit. Idiosyncratic Ghent is full of history and offers a cultural cocktail filled to the brim with trendy and modern urban life. Ghent is a city for bonvivants, with a permissive, laid-back atmosphere; a city with a human scale. The friendly, welcoming residents of Ghent know how to live well. During your city trip, don't miss the opportunity to admire the world famous masterpiece, the Ghent Altarpiece, by the Van Eyck brothers.
About VISITFLANDERS – an agency of the government of Flanders – it is an official tourism organisation responsible for tourism in Flanders. This organisation is dedicated to the sustainable development and promotion of domestic and foreign tourism in Flanders, and aims to ensure increased economic return, employment and well-being (for the residents of Flanders). www.visitflanders.com