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Jan van Eyck (about 1395-1441)  Portrait of Margareta van Eyck  Oil on panel, 1439  32.6 x 25.8 cm (with original frame 41.2 x 34.6 cm)  Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium
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Title: Margareta van Eyck
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Jan van Eyck (about 1395-1441)
Portrait of Margareta van Eyck
Oil on panel, 1439
32.6 x 25.8 cm (with original frame 41.2 x 34.6 cm)
Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium

The panel incorporates the mock-chiselled 'speaking' inscription: (translated) My husband Johannes finished painting me in the year 1439 on 15 June / my age was thirty-three. This is followed by the artist's own motto in Greek characters: als ikh kan.
Portraits of the Dutch painter Jan Van Eyck are one of the fist portraits the sitter looks directly at the viewer. In this way a completely different communication with the observer is made, for he is directly addressed by the 'image'. The viewer becomes a part of the story and not merely it's observer as he is with other three-quarter profile portraits of the northern-Renaissance art until Van Eyck.

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