Jan van Eyck is today renowned for the depth and luminosity of his paintings whether of the Virgin and Child, or the wealthy merchant Giovanni Arnolfini
and the numerous men and women he met while working in the court of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. His ability to capture the gleam of the Virgin's
crown or the reflective light of the Flemish landscape was largely due to his revolutionary techniques in his use of oil.
Shirley Smith graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class honours degree in the History of Art, specialising in the Italian
and Northern Renaissance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a part-time lecturer for the University of East Anglia and for the
Department of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge.