The Markt of Bruges with horse carriage, Belgium

Jan van Eyck

Rare perfection of a grandmaster according to the rules of art and the church.

The painter Jan van Eyck settled in Bruges in the 15th century, he made numerous paintings commissioned by the church and the nobility, his works are spread across various museums in the world.

Jan’s works are divine, the characters on the canvas seem supernatural, improbably monumental, but stunningly realistic, often as accurate as a contemporary photo.

Jan introduced the miniature art with his works, depth that he created between the foreground and background of the scene. His depth technique and multilayer construction is still a source of inspiration for graphic artists today.

Van Eyck is the founder of three-dimensional painting, together with the other Flemish Primitives, he is at the very start of our contemporary photography.


Jan van Eyck 3D Gallery

In the 3D-Museum we visualize several paintings by Jan van Eyck, namely his self-portrait, the portrait of his wife Margaret, the Arnolfini wedding, Madonna in the Church, Madonna with Canon Van der Paele, the Last Judgment and the Crucifixion, and multiple panels from the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.


Agnus Dei scale 8 : 1

Saint Bavo Cathedral, Gent

“There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

When Jesus was called the Lamb of God, it related to the fact that He was the perfect and highest sin offering, and this inspired the van Eyck family.

The Ghent Altarpiece is also the brothers’ most famous and greatest work, the polyptych consists of 12 panels recto-verso, or 24 scenes.

In Museums Sculpta, the 2 largest panels of the open centerpiece are reproduced in 3D, namely the worship of the lamb with the angels, and the Holy Trinity with God Almighty, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist.

The side panels of the closed altarpiece, namely Adam and Eve, and the Annunciation with the Archangel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary, have also been sculpted into physical sculptures.

Francisco de Zurbaran 1635, Prado Madrid
Francisco de Zurbaran 1635, Prado Madrid

Madonna with Canon van der Pale scale 5 : 1

Groeninge Museum, Bruges

The original artwork is 122 cm wide and 158 cm high, or almost 2 m². The reproduction in relief on 10 m² portrays the 5 sculpted characters of the scene on a human scale, as if they were one of us, only their breath is missing. The authentic painting can be admired in the Groeninge Museum, along with many other works by the Flemish Primitives.

Crucifixion and Last Judgment scale 8 : 1

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Each panel of the original diptych is barely 20 cm wide and 56 cm high. The 3 crucifixes from the left panel, and the composition of Jesus with the angels and the archangel Michael on the right panel, have been reproduced in 3D, with a canvas height of 2.6 meters. The spatial perspective is sublime.

Madonna in the Church scale 8 : 1

Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

The authentic painting of a standing Madonna and child in a Gothic cathedral is barely 14 cm wide and 32 cm high. The 3D version in the museum portrays the Virgin Mary on a human scale. The arched vaults in the background make the reproduction particularly atmospheric.

Arnolfini scale 5 : 1

National Gallery, London

The double portrait of the couple contains a lot of informative information, about the sacrament of marriage, but also about the bourgeoisie of the Renaissance. The original panel is 60 cm wide and 82 cm high, but was reproduced in 3D, on a human scale, with a ceiling height of 2.6 meters.