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

Madonna with the Child Reading

Oil on wood, 27 x 20 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The inscription on the wall top left is: "COMPLETU(m) AN(n)O D(omini) M CCCC XXXIIJ P(er) JOH(ann)EM DE EYC BRVGIS". There is a motto on the right: "ALS IXH XAN" (als ich kan, i.e. "as I can"). The attribution to Van Eyck is debated.

For many years the painting was attributed to Jan van Eyck due to the presence of motifs identifiable in his manner. However, the small panel is no longer attributed to him.

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