EYCK, Jan van
(b. before 1395, Maaseik, d. before 1441, Bruges)

The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (detail)

Oil on wood
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Van Eyck painted Chancellor Rolin when he was already in his sixties. His face, though marked by the heavy responsibilities he has had to bear, still fascinates the viewer with the sense of energy and will-power which it projects. Rolin is wearing a gold brocade jacket trimmed with mink. He kneels at prayer on the left of the composition. His gaze is pensive, looking as though he has just raised his eyes from his book of hours.