oil paintings

Although Jan Van Eyck, a 15th century Flemish painter, was mistakenly attributed to having “invented” the technique of oil painting (it had emerged as early as the 12th century in Northern Europe, according to experts), his brilliant wielding of the medium, nonetheless—seen in paintings such as the Arnolfini Portrait (circa 1434), where he uses long-drying property of oil pigments to its best advantage to produce a beautiful three-dimensional portrait of a husband and wife—represented a new era in the art world and put the medium of oil painting definitively on the map.
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