Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece

Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker provide a description, historical perspective, and analysis of Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece.

First, we look at it when it’s closed:

And now when it’s open:

Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, completed 1432, oil on wood, 11′ 5″ × 7′ 6″ (Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium).