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

The Ghent Altarpiece: The Donor

Oil on wood, 149,1 x 54,1 cm
Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent

The lower section of the closed altarpiece has the portraits of donors and their patron saints. The portraits of Jodocus Vyd and his wife have the same closely detailed approach to living form that Jan van Eyck shows in his other known portraits like the Man in a Red Turban or the Leal Souvenir (both in the National Gallery, London).

Jodocus Vyd, deputy burgomaster of Ghent, warden of the church of St John, was one of the richest businessmen of his age in Flanders.