For release: March 3, 2008
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Till Holger Borchert, University of Memphis Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence
in Art History will lecture on Jan van Eyck's seminal role in shaping post-medieval
painting in Europe. His lecture “Jan van Eyck and his Workshop: Organization, Collaborators,
and Legacy" at the Brooks Museum of Art on March 16, 2008 at 2 p.m. is free and open
to the public.
Despite the fact that several of van Eyck's signed and dated paintings have survived,
there are many works with a pronounced Eyckian character that have been either interpreted
as testimonies to van Eyck's artistic origins (including attributions to his elusive
brother Hubert), or have been attributed to later followers or imitators of the master.
Documentary evidence, however, clearly points to the existence of a thriving workshop
headed by van Eyck, with several assistants, over a period of time. By re-examining
the so-called “Eyckian apocrypha" it becomes possible to discern the organization
of van Eyck's workshop, identify some of his collaborators and see how the workshop
continued to produce works after van Eyck's death in 1441.
About Till Holger Borchert
Borchert is chief curator at the Groeninge museum in Bruges, Belgium. He organized
the exhibition and catalogue for Jan van Eyck, Early Netherlandish Painting, and the South of Europe, 1430 - 1530, a highlight of the Europe 2002 schedule, when the city of Bruges was chosen as one of the “Cultural Capitals of
Till Holger Borchert
A native of Hamburg, Germany, Borchert has contributed to several publications and
exhibitions, among them Memling's Portraits, which was shown in Bruges as well as at the Frick Collection in New York and the
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. His book, Jan van Eyck, will be published by Taschen this Fall.