Rediscover Jan Van Eyck at the Louvre Stunning Spotlight Exhibition

Till Monday, June 17th, 2024, Rediscover Jan Van Eyck, The Madonna of Chancellor Rollin, at the Louvre Stunning Spotlight Exhibition.

The “A New Look at Jan Van Eyck” exhibition (in French “Revoir Van Eyck”) is organized by the Louvre to celebrate the conservation work of its Jan van Eyck masterpièce, The Madonna of Chancellor Rollin. (Also called Chancellor Rolin in Prayer before the Virgin and Child) it is probably the most famous van Eyck painting, along with the Arnolfini Portrait (National Gallery, London).

Spearhead by the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), The restoration was performed between 2021 and 2024 and also benefited from the expertise of the KIK-IRPA (The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Belgium) earned over the years with its conservation works of the Ghent Altarpiece.

Jan van Eyck Madona of Chancellor Rolin before restoration

Jan van Eyck Madona of Chancellor Rolin before restoration. Credit The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

If the starring piece of the spotlight exhibition is the Madonna of Chancellor Rollin, there are also five other van Eyck Masterpieces that are on show at the Louvre, to help the visitor to better understand this Jan Van Eyck work and why he is stunningly exceptional:

  • The Lucca Madonna, (ca. 1437), Städel Museum (Franfurt am Main).
  • Portrait of Baudoin de Lannoy, Stäatliche Museen zu Berlin.
  • Annunciation. National Gallery of Art, Washington.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata (1430–32), Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Nativité de saint Jean Baptiste ; Baptême du Christ. Heures dites de Turin Turin, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica.

These masterpieces are on display as counterparts of the five main aspects of the Madonna of Chancellor Rollin: the Virgin and Child, the portrait of Chancellor Rollin, the architecture, the landscape, and finally, the garden and the small figures.

If you have yet to see this amazing exhibition, you must urgently go to the Louvre. It started on March 20th and will end in a few days on Monday, June 17th.

However, if you miss it, you can still visit the amazing KIK-IRPA “Close to van Eyck” website, which features very high-definition photographs of the works of van Eyck throughout the world and a section dedicated to the conservation work (before/after) of the Madonna of Chancellor Rollin.

You can also follow our Louvre Flemish Painting Tour or our Louvre Flemish and Dutch Painting Tour, where you will find Van Heck’s Madonna of Chancellor Rollin again, as well as many Masterpieces by primitive Flemish painter Roger van der Weden or Memling, as well as their successors Boch, Patinir Mestsys, Brueghel, etc.


Annunciation courtesy National Gallery of Art Washington.

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