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Till-Holger Borchert studied art history, musicology and German Literature at the universities of Bonn and Bloomington (IN). An acknowledged expert in Early Netherlandish paintings, he has been chief curator at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges since 2002. He has also curated numerous exhibitions in the sphere of art and cultural history, including in Brussels, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Madrid and New York. Borchert teaches art history at the universities of Aachen and Memphis (TN) and heads the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Ill edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822856878
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822856871
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Reed Lockwood on August 22, 2009
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This is a lovely little work, very well worth the price. As an artist, one just wishes it were larger, with more enlarged details. Although the printing is high quality, there is little not seen in comparable, more pricey works yet there are a nice few. It seems lucky to be in an age when scholars Borchert and DeVos are writing, since they and other specialists in Flemish Ars Nova have done so much to clarify much of the mysteries about this critical phase in art history. There are no major new revelations of course, as there are still so many frustrating unknowns about the van Eycks. Also as an artist, it would be fun to go into greater detail greater magnification about the stylistic differences in composition, materials and technique that are being wrestled with in trying to decide whose hand did the disputed works although there is a good general discussion of this, especially the works completed after Jan's death. But then this volume could not have been brought in at such an attractive price. It is hard indeed to imagine whose library or bookshelf would not be graced by this little gem, especially recommended to those just beginning their study of Master Jan.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Mulrean on August 14, 2009
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Excellent read with incredibly detailed photos of his work. Lots of great information about the artist and his various pieces not only the ones he is most known for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on June 18, 2014
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Taschen hit another home run as it continues its "Basic Art" series on major artists. “Van Eyck” by Till-Holger Borchert is an excellent introduction that the great Flemish artist. There is of course much than remains unknown about van Eyck but Borchert offers a strong overview with insights into the great painter and his times. The paintings--from devotional pieces to portraits--are reproduced with clear and often large pictures included in the book. There is a thorough, almost 20 pages, look at the Ghent Altarpiece. Purists might grumble about a chapter included on van Eyck’s workshop but it is informative and offers some context into the artist’s entire career. Readers, especially those wanting a good introduction to van Eyck, would do well to read this book. Highly recommended.
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