Although there is no formal documentation of the birth of the painter, most people believe that he was born in the year 1395. He was born in Maaseik, Bishopric of Liege, and Holy Roman Empire. Jan’s known relatives were his two brothers, Hubert and Lambert, and a sister Margareta – both his brothers were also painters and were believed to have worked with Van Eyck during his early years. It is not known whether Jan was the oldest, but early documents suggested that he wasn’t.
Even though Jan would go on to become one of the most significant Northern Renaissance artists of the 15th century, it was documented that he had different aspirations as a young child – although it is not entirely clear. There isn’t much known about Jan Van Eyck’s life as a child.