Volume 5, Number 4
New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Derby Day.
The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race for Thoroughbred horses which takes place in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. We celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports with a pattern set which captures the spirit of this derby and other horse races. You'll find pattern of horses galloping to the finish line, excited jockeys, close ups of horses, a Churchill Downs sign, and of course a mint julep!
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Jan van Eyck - Renaissance Realistst.
Jan van Eyck (c. 1395 - 1441) was a Flemish painter considered to be one of the best Northern European painters of the 15th century. Because of his effective use of glazes, wet-on-wet, and other techniques, he was known as the "father of oil painting". For much of his life he served as a painter and "valet de chambre" to Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy. Jan van Eyck produced paintings for both private clients as well as for the court. Among his most famous works is the Ghent Altarpiece, a polyptych containing many works included in our pattern set. Other paintings included are Arnolfini Portrait, Annunciation, the Stygmata of St. Francis, Portrait of a Goldsmith, Portrait of a Young Man, Portrait of a Man in a Turban, Portrait of a Man with Carnation, Portrait of Margareta van Eyck, and Portrait of Jan de Leeuw.
Jan van Eyck - Renaissance Realistst
We're continuing to work on a next generation version of SegPlay®PC. Spent much of the latest few weeks focused on revamping the materials that can be applied to the pieces. We expect to have many more materials, and innovative ways to apply them as pices are painted. Suggestions for new and improved features are always welcome. We're still not able to target an exact release date for this improved product, but we're hoping for sometime in the fall.
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Jan van Eyck - Renaissance Realist
Jan van Eyck (c.1395-1441) was a Flemish painter who is now considered one of the leading Northern European artists of the 15th century.
Van Eyck's precise date of birth is unknown, and little is known too about his childhood. The earliest surviving record dates to 1422 and describes him as a court painter to John of Bavaria where he held the rank of valet de chambre. It is believed however that he was born in Maaseik in Belgium and learned to paint in the studio of his older brother, Hubert.
Van Eyck probably joined John of Bavaria's court in 1421. He left in 1424 for the court of Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy where he seemed to have found favor. While other painters of his time relied on commissions for their income, Philip paid van Eyck a generous salary which he doubled twice in the first few years and to which he added large bonuses.
Van Eyck's work at the court involved more than painting, and he was sent on a number of secret missions on the Duke's behalf. These included being part of a delegation sent in 1428 to arrange the Duke's marriage to Isabella of Portugal. It's possible that van Eyck's portrait of Isabella helped to win the Duke's agreement to the match.
In 1432, after his return from Lisbon, van Eyck settled in Bruges. He married and had a daughter who would later enter the convent at Maeseyck under the Duke's sponsorship.
In addition to the work he produced at the court, van Eyck also took private commissions. One of the most famous was the Ghent Altarpiece, a series of panels painted with Hubert van Eyck between 1426 and 1432 for Jodocus Vijdts and his wife, Elisabeth Borluut. While Early Renaissance paintings of the time attempted re-create an ideal form of classical art, van Eyck's paintings emphasized detail and realism. The van Eyck brothers' unique use of glazes, "wet-on-wet" and other techniques led later critics to dub Jan van Eyck the "father of oil painting."
Another famous painting, the Arnolfini Portrait is believed to show Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his apparently pregnant wife at their home in Bruges. Unusually for his time, van Eyck signed and dated his paintings, and this painting, now in London's National Gallery, was dated 1434.
The painting is one of the most studied works in Western art. Commentators have drawn attention to the level of detail in the reflection in the mirror on the far wall, the realism of the room, as well as the pose of the woman. While she appears to be heavily pregnant, some critics have noted that virgin saints have been depicted in similar stances, including in two of Jan van Eyck's own works, the Dresden Triptych and the Frick Madonna. Most intriguing is a recent discovery that Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife Giovanna Cenami weren't married until 1447, thirteen years after the painting was dated and six years after van Eyck's death. One theory now identifies the couple as Giovanni's cousin Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfinia and his late first wife Costanza Trenta.
Jan van Eyck died in Bruges in 1441. As early as 1454 Genoese humanist Bartolomeo Facio named him "the leading painter" of his day.
You can find a large collection of Jan van Eyck patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.
Art in the News:
Liz Taylor Resurrects Art Market
A day after the iconic screen actress's death, a famous New York auction house announced the upcoming sale of Warhol's 1963 portrait Liz#5. The silkscreen on canvas portrait is expected to fetch a cool $30 million.
The work is described by the auctioneers as being "a pristine gem, Warhol at his very best" with glowing colors and perfect screen printing, adding that it embodies the Warhol themes of celebrity, wealth, scandal, sex, death and Hollywood. To add to the glamor, the portrait had been purchased in 2001 by actor Hugh Grant for around $3 million in a drunken flurry at Sotheb's.
The sale had been scheduled before Dame Elizabeth Taylor's death.
Painting Bought for $150 Could Be Worth Millions
Source: Northampton Chronicle
A British art lover bought the painting from a junk shop for £100 ($150) because he liked its frame and now realizes it could be worth £40 million ($60 million) if the painting is authenticated as being by French post-impressionist Cezanne.
The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he realized the work could be an unknown masterpiece when he compared the brush strokes and signature to those in a book on post-impressionism. The painting, which is a landscape of a small house with an orange roof by a river surrounded by trees, bears the date 1854 under the scrawled signature. If authenticated, the painting would be the earliest-known Cezanne work - the painter was only 15 years old at the time.
However, curators at London's National Gallery claim they are unable to verify the painting's authenticity. The owner stated that he will not let the matter rest and is prepared to go to France to prove his painting is genuine.
Outside the Lines
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch used to hang his paintings from the apple trees in his garden so that they could dry out and "mature."
The famous Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by Marc Chagall's painting The Dead Man, depicting a funeral scene at which there is a man playing a fiddle in the foreground.
American art icon Andy Warhol once produced fashion illustrations for Seventeen Glamor magazine.