Jan van Eyck 1390 – 1441

The Prophet Micah

oil on panel — 1432 Museum Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent

Jan van Eyck biography

This work is linked to Micah 5:2

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Part of the Ghent Altarpiece. It is placed above the panel where Mary receives the Annunciation. The text on the ribbon is from Micah 5 and refers to that episode: "Ex te mihi* egredietur qui sit dominator in Israhel", or "out of thee [Bethlehem] shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel".

*: on the ribbon, the word "mihi" (me) is left out.

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