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Van Eyck was born in Maaseik, a small town in the province of Limburg in the Low Countries. He was one of the most significant and innovative Flemish painters of the 15th century, and is known as the founder of the Early Netherlandish painting school. He is credited with the invention of the oil painting technique and has been credited with revolutionizing the art of painting. He is also known for his intricate and detailed panel paintings, which were popular in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Van Eyck's most famous works include The Arnolfini Portrait, The Ghent Altarpiece, and The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin. His work has been widely studied and has been highly influential in the development of European art.