Based on a recommendation from my tutor I managed to squeeze a quick visit to the see the National Gallery in London. They had a special exhibition with some awe-inspiring Van Eyke’s and pre-raphaelites.
The centrepiece was the groundbreaking 1434, Arnolfini Portrait.
But for me, the piece that captured my attention was the portrait of a man with a red turban.
Jan van Eyck is credited with originating a style of painting characterised by minutely realistic depictions of surface effects and natural light. The man in the red turban is exquisite. Even more impressively as it is actually quite a small portrait.