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Annual Hohenberg Lecture Focuses on Jan van Eyck University News
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

Till Holger Borchert
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 Europe."

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.

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