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GCU’s Friday Dinner Series Offers Lecture on Flemish Painter Van Eyck

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 26, 2012—On Friday, November 2, join Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU associate professor of art history, as she presents a multimedia lecture about Jan van Eyck (c. 1395–c. 1441), considered to be one of the most significant Northern European painters of the 15th century. Enjoy traditional music paired with a multicourse Flemish dinner, followed by Dr. Festa’s lecture. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the North Dining Room on the Lakewood campus.

Jan van Eyck is considered to be a founder of the Early Renaissance style during the Northern Renaissance. It was once believed that Jan van Eyck invented painting with oils. While that is a myth, his technique in painting with oils is exceptional. His paint is so transparent that his works have a unique, almost luminous sheen, similar to modern photographs.

Van Eyck began as a court painter to John III, Duke of Bavaria, at The Hague. Following the death of John of Bavaria, van Eyck entered the service of the powerful and influential Valois prince, Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, where he was exceptionally well paid. His salary alone makes him stand out among early painters of the Netherlands, since most of them depended on individual commissions for their livelihoods. He was known for painting his subjects in a dignified manner, but without hiding their imperfections.

Van Eyck’s most famous and most controversial work is one of his first, the Ghent altarpiece (1432), a polyptych consisting of 12 panels in the Church of St. Bavo, Ghent. On the frame is an incomplete inscription in Latin that identifies the artists as Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The usual interpretation is that Hubert van Eyck was the brother of Jan and that he began the painting, which Jan then completed. Another interpretation is that Hubert was a sculptor who carved an elaborate frame for the piece.

Tickets are $37 per person, which includes dinner and the lecture. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Seating is very limited; call early to reserve your spot!

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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Caption: “The Annunciation” (c. 1434–1436) by Jan van Eyck



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