Triptych with Madonna and Child, Saint Catherine, and Archangel Michael with Donor

Eyck, Jan van (1390/99-1441) | Painter

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This small winged altarpiece, which Van Eyck created for a private client, resembles an exquisite work of the goldsmith’s art. When opened, an illusionistic depiction of a church interior is revealed, at the centre of which is the enthroned Virgin with the infant Christ. In the side aisles appear the figures of the Archangel Michael and St Catherine. The Annunciation scene on the outside of the wings, executed in grisaille technique (‘grey’ painting’), imitates alabaster or ivory sculptures.

Material & Technique
Oil on oak panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 799