I have written before that correct anatomy is an art that was rediscovered south of the Alps first, while the same is not necessarily true for realistic portraiture. For the latter, there is probably no better example than this portrait (possibly a self-portrait) by Jan van Eyck. It was painted in 1433, and not much has been added to the art of portraiture in the following centuries.

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