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

The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Baptist

Oil on wood, 149,1 x 55,1 cm
Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent

At the time of the creation of the Ghent Altarpiece, St John the Baptist was the patron saint of the cathedral. There are no indications that the grisaille is a copy of an existing sculpture, although it is assumed that Jan van Eyck copied in this way the sculptures of other artists in some cases.