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Jan van Eyck year 2020 – Gothic
Ян ван Эйк 2020 год – Готика
Presented by
Royal Mint of Belgium
Nominal value
10 euro
18,75 g
33 mm
Silver 925°
5 000 pcs
Production quality
Proof, 3D relief combined with Minted Photo Image (MPI) technique.
Luc Luycx
Royal Dutch Mint
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the coins shows part of Van Eyck’s famous double portrait of the prosperous Italian textile merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife Constanza. They resided in Bruges in 1434. The background of the obverse was created with Minted Photo Image (MPI). 

The reverse shows the map of Europe in a large, pentagonal star, with the year, value and the country indication in three languages.
A brief annotation
This was the final issue in the Europe Star Euro programme. 

The coin shows the center part of Van Eyck’s famous double portrait of the prosperous Italian textile merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife Constanza. 

The Flemish painter Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390 – 1441) is without a doubt a true innovator. His fine brushstrokes and translucent oil painting techniques led to breathtaking results. The realism, eye for detail and perfection in both composition and colour control astounded many. The high praised court painter to Philip the Good was also one of the first to sign his own works, which was unusual at the time. 

Although little is known about Van Eyck’s life, his works are well known. Only twenty of his paintings were preserved, but all are masterpieces. The famous Arnolfini portrait is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in Western art, because of its beauty, complex iconography, geometric orthogonal perspective, and expansion of the picture space with the use of a mirror. A simple corner of the real world had suddenly been fixed on to a panel as if by magic... For the first time in history the artist became the perfect eye-witness in the truest sense of the term. Some art historians consider the portrait an unique form of marriage contract, recorded as a painting. Signed and dated by van Eyck in 1434, it is, with the Ghent Altarpiece by the same artist and his brother Hubert, the oldest very famous panel painting to have been executed in oils rather than in tempera.
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