Jan Van Eyck
Jan Van Eyck ( 1390-1441) was one of the most significant painters of the Northern Renaissance. Van Eyck's earlier work is representative of the International Gothic style, which he later developped towards a greater emphasis on naturalism and realism. Through his developments in the use of oil paint he achieved a new level of virtuosity and is renowned for his incredible precision and rendering of detail. Van Eyck was a highly influential painter and his techniques and style were adopted and refined by the Early Netherlandish painters.