Olga's Gallery

Jan van Eyck

Portrait of Cardinal Nicola Albergati.

c.1432. Oil on wood. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Read Note.

Jan van Eyck. Portrait of Cardinal Nicola Albergati.

Cardinal Nicola Albergati was the prior of the Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem in Rome. In 1431 he was sent by the Pope as a papal legate to the French and English courts and to the Burgundy to negotiate the peace to the 100 Years War. His missions was successfully accomplished by signing the peace treaty of Arras between England and France in 1432. The portrait was probably commissioned in 1431, when Albergati visited Ghent and Bruges