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Julian Bell: The Ghent Altarpiece, 16 April 2020

Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution 
edited by Till-Holger Borchert, Jan Dumolyn and Maximiliaan Martens.
Thames & Hudson, 490 pp., £60, February, 978 0 500 02345 7
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... wings stretched wide above the mansion across the street.To count how many tiny bird silhouettes Jan Van Eyck painted in this thirty centimetre span of skyline would be to row against the stream: the whole drift of his picture is that there will always be more. The world seen through this window flows outwards and spreads, percolating into countless ...

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