Friday, December 22, 2006

Picturing Mary

EYCK, Jan van (b. before 1395, Maaseik, d. 1441, Bruges)
The Madonna with Canon van der Paele 1436
Oil on wood, 122 x 157 cm
Groeninge Museum, Bruges

One of the images from Picturing Mary: The Madonna in Art Through the Ages. Picturing Mary is an hour-long film that chronicles the imagery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in art from antiquity through modern times as seen in eight countries' cathedrals, chapels and museum collections. The film was partly financed by the American bishops. It was shown on PBS.

There is an accompanying website at

Amongst the artists featured are: Duccio; Giotto; Michelangelo; Rembrandt.

The commentary derives from the Web Museum of Art.

For further details on the work by van Eyck, see:

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