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Recent studies of the work of Jan van Eyck insist that his work in 1433 is a self-portrait. Making such a conclusion is not so difficult. It is all about the existence of distinctive features of self-portraits. Looking at such a picture, it can be assumed that the person depicted on it is looking at its mirror image. Indeed, personal portraits were usually created in this way.
In addition, copyright inscriptions appeared on the original frame of the picture. One of them is translated from the Flemish language “How I Can” - historians of creativity see in the phrase the motto of the Flemish painter (the artist paints as best he can).
These words are on three more works of the master, who have survived to the present. The marked words are stamped on top of the frame, and the bottom is an authentic inscription, where Ian claims authorship and indicates the date - October 21 of the famous year.
“A man in a turban” is another name for a mysterious canvas. In fact, it is somewhat erroneous. In the Middle Ages, men often wore a piece of clothing with a different name - chaperon.
The improvised “hat” was something similar to a modern hood. But the fabric on the depicted head of a man is folded so skillfully and complexly that it resembles a turban or turbans common in today's eastern countries.
The longer you peer into a portrait, the more surprising it seems. The color palette is not diverse: brown clothes without any details and a red headdress, the background is black. The face of the painter is of a healthy flesh color, a slight blush is noticeable. Eyes are thoughtful, focused.
Oil painting on wood. Oil paints in those years only appeared and gradually improved. Eyck was lucky to appreciate the merits of a beautiful coloring material.
"Self-portrait" now shows off in the National Gallery of Foggy London.
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