The Flemish painter Jan van Eyck (pronounced “Jan van Ike”) did not discover or invent oil painting as is commonly believed. This rumour was perpetuated by the Italian painter Giorgio Vasari who stated that van Eyck invented a new form of artwork which was called “oil painting”. It is now known that oil painting was already present before van Eyck could discover or invent it, however he did pioneer the medium with techniques which laid the foundation for some of the greatest artists of all time...
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