At the exhibition "Als ich can"Three of the approximately twenty surviving works of Jan van Eyck are presented, which give an idea of the art created during the reign of Duke Philip the Good, when the unique flourishing of the court and city civilization took place in the Burgundian Lowlands.
Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441), favorite court painter Philip the Good, is famous for his skill in the use of oil paint and the ability to combine naturalism and realism with brilliant colors. Already contemporaries regarded as a landmark artist, he was soon known throughout Europe as the founder of early Dutch painting.
Jan van Eyck was one of the first artists north of the Alps, who signed and dated their work. Its use of the motto is wonderful. At the beginning of the fifteenth century it was very unusual for an artist - then still considered a simple artisan - to have his own device, designed for the dukes of Burgundy and the nobility. Jan van Eyck chose AΛΣ · IXH · XAN as his motto and mostly wrote it in pseudo-Greek letters; this, however, is in Dutch and means “how can I”, which seems to imply a modest assessment by the artist of his own work.
Jan van Eyck created his Madonna at the Fountain in 1439, two years before his death. His masterly management, the splendor of his colors in a new perfect medium of oil painting and his subtle strokes make this devotional picture an ideal masterpiece.