Jan van Eyck: Grisailles
- From 3 November 2009 to 31 January 2010
- English with Spanish subtitles
Contexts of the Permanent Collection 23. The Annunciation Diptych by Jan van Eyck, which is one of the gems in the Museum’s permanent collection, is also one of the most important examples of grisaille painting. This was a widely used and highly appreciated technique from the late 14th onwards, based on the graduated application of a single colour, generally grey or neutral tones, which modelled the shadows to create an effect of sculptural relief. For the first time the exhibition compared various examples of late Medieval grisaille depictions in the media of drawing and painting as well as ivories, illuminations, textiles and glass and metal objects. The aim was to offer a survey of this technique with the intention of investigating its possible artistic, social and practical implications.