Figure 28a

Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, detail of Virgin Mary, dated 1432, oil, gold leaf, and gilded tin relief on wood (photograph: © Lukas - Art in Flanders VZW, photo Hugo Maertens). The arched background is overpainted unburnished gold leaf, while the brocaded cloth is overpainted gilded applied relief; the tiles at the bottom of the panel (not shown in the photograph) are overpainted silver foil. The Virgin’s crown and clothing are all done entirely in paint.

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