This book clarifies the historical premises of the achievement of Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It helps to assess what we know about their style and to chart the course of those ensuing developments to constitute the main stream of the Early Netherlandish tradition.
Introduction: The Polarization of European Fifteenth-Century Painting in Italy and the Lowlands 1. French and Franco-Flemish Book Illumination in the Fourteenth Century 2. The Early Fifteenth Century and the "International Style" 3. Sculpture and Panel Painting About 1400; the Problem of Burgundy 4. The Regional Schools of the Netherlands and Their Importance for the Formation of the Great Masters 5. Reality and Symbol in Early Flemish Painting: "Spiritualia Sub Metaphoris Corporalium" 6. "Ars Nova"; The Master of Flemalle 7. Jan Van Eyck 8. Hubert and/or Jan van Eyck; The Problems of the Ghent Altarpiece and the Turin-Milan Hours 9. Roger van der Weyden 10. Epilogue: The Heritage of the Founders